Destruction of the Beast and the False Prophet
On View In:
Gallery 321
Artist:   Benjamin West  
Title:   Destruction of the Beast and the False Prophet  
Date:   1804  
Medium:   Oil on panel  
Dimensions:   39 x 56 1/2 in. (99.06 x 143.51 cm) (panel)  
Credit Line:   The William Hood Dunwoody Fund  
Location:   Gallery 321  

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.

Name:   West, Benjamin  
Nationality:   American  
Life Dates:   American, 1738 - 1820  

Object Description  
Inscriptions:   Signature and Date LC in black: [B. West 1804]  
Classification:   Paintings  
Physical Description:   Religion: NT.  
Creation Place:   North America, United States, , ,  
Accession #:   15.22  
Owner:   The Minneapolis Institute of Arts