Philip James De LoutherbourgThe Vision of the White Horse 1798

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Title
The Vision of the White Horse
Date 1798
MediumOil paint on canvas
Dimensionssupport: 1222 x 991 mm frame: 1512 x 1292 x 142 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1969
Reference
T01138
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In the last decade of the eighteenth century, the French Revolution, the ensuing wars and the approaching millennium sparked a new trend for apocalyptic subjects. Artists explored themes of destruction and divine judgement and the end of mankind.Here Loutherbourg shows the first two of the four horsemen of the Apocalypse: the ‘conquerer’ on a white horse, drawing a bow, and ‘War’ on a red horse, wielding a sword. With ‘Famine’ and ‘Death’, they ride out after the breaking of the first four seals of the Book of Judgement. Loutherbourg made this design for an illustrated Bible.

May 2007

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