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Destruction of the Beast and the False Prophet: Gallery Label - Current


Minneapolis Institute of Arts



Institution Minneapolis Institute of Arts
The popularity of Benjamin West owed entirely to the patronage of George III and his project for the Chapel of Revealed Religion at Windsor Castle (1780-1801). He exhibited this picture, also known as <I>The Messiah on a White Horse</I>, at the Royal Academy in 1804, and later claimed that the subject was conceived for the Revealed Religion project, although a larger version never materialized. The principal figure is the heroic rider of Revelations, often identified as the messiah. The painting probes the extent to which the apocalyptic sublime can introduce the grotesque without being overwhelmed by it.
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Source: Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Rights: Copyright Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Added to Site: March 17, 2009