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The Ecstasy of Saint Paul, ca. 1655

  • burin engraving, etching, paper
  • 418 x 292 mm
  • Inv. 2015-KU

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In his second Epistle to the Corinthians, Saint Paul describes the revelations that were made to him. Johann Liss portrays one of the apostle's visions, 'how that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter'. Above the seated apostle, who is surrounded by books, an angel draws aside a curtain; terrified, Paul shrinks back from the expanse of heaven revealed to him. Angels playing musical instruments gambol in the clouds, and in the distance the Trinity appears. Falck made this print after the original painting (Staatliche Museen, Berlin).


Jeremias Falck RKD
Gdansk ca. 1610 - Gdansk 1677
engravers (printmakers)AAT

Johann Liss RKD
Oldenburg ca. 1597 - Verona 1631

Title The Ecstasy of Saint Paul
Date ca. 1655
Period 17th century
Medium and support burin engraving AAT
etching AAT
Collection print room
Object type burin engraving AAT
etching AAT
reproductive prints AAT
Inventory number 2015-KU
Acquisition credit unknown
Current whereabouts Work currently not on display
IIIF Manifest
Art & Architecture Thesaurus 300055874 religious symbolism AAT
300189808 figures (representations) AAT
Keywords Iconclass 11B the Holy Trinity, 'Trinitas coelestis'; Father, Son and Holy Ghost ~ Christian religion Iconclass
11G angels Iconclass
11H saints Iconclass
11H(PAUL) the apostle Paul of Tarsus; possible attributes: book, scroll, sword Iconclass
24F firmament, sky Iconclass
31A233 kneeling figure Iconclass
31A71 male sex; man Iconclass
31A72 female sex; woman Iconclass
31AA231 standing figure - AA - female human figure Iconclass
48C73 musical instruments; group of musical instruments Iconclass
48C75 making music; musician with instrument Iconclass
73F22385 Paul's ecstatic vision: he is borne aloft by (three) angels (2 Corinthians 12:1-3) Iconclass
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