Frank Cadogan Cowper St Agnes in Prison Receiving from Heaven the ‘Shining White Garment’ 1905

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Artist
Title
St Agnes in Prison Receiving from Heaven the ‘Shining White Garment’
Date 1905
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 743 x 451 mm
frame: 954 x 660 x 110 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1905
Reference
N01961
Not on display

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This is a scene from the life of St Agnes, based on William Caxton’s fifteenth-century Golden Legend. At the age of thirteen Agnes rejected marriage and dedicated her life to God. She refused to renounce her vow of chastity and was stripped of her clothes and taken to a brothel. She prayed for divine intervention and her room was filled by a miraculous light. Her hair grew long, and a white robe appeared before her. This is Cowper the moment shown here.

July 2007

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