Saint Bride
© Estate of John Duncan 2004. All Rights Reserved, DACS

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Saint Bride 1913

On Display Scottish National Gallery

  • Scottish Art
According to the legend of the Irish Saint Bride she was transported miraculously to Bethlehem to attend the nativity of Christ. Here two angels carry the white robed saint across the sea. The seascape reflects Duncan's fascination with the Outer Hebrides and the Isle of Iona. The birds and seal provide an effective naturalistic foil for the supernatural angels overlapping the patterned border. Scenes from the life of Christ decorate the angel's robes, and may include the artist's self-portrait as the tiny clown (a holy fool) accompanying the procession of the magi on the leading angel's gown.

Glossary Open

Magi

In the New Testament, the wise men who travelled to Bethlehem to pay homage to the baby Jesus.

Naturalism

Art based on the observation of objects rather than on theoretical or stylistic concerns.

Magi, Naturalism

Details

  • Acc. No. NG 2043
  • Medium Tempera on canvas
  • Size 122.30 x 144.50 cm (framed: 142.50 x 165.00 x 5.00 cm)
  • Credit Purchased 1946