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Vision from Book of Revelation

1966 Rev. McKendree Robbins Long, Sr. Born: Statesville, North Carolina 1888 Died: Statesville, North Carolina 1976 oil on canvas 44 1/8 x 52 in. (112.1 x 132.1 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase 1989.19 Smithsonian American Art Museum
1st Floor, West Wing


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"They came up over the surface of the earth and surrounded the encampment of the saints, the beloved city. Then fire came down from heaven and consumed them." Revelation 20:7-9

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Reverend McKendree Robbins Long created many paintings based on the book of Revelation, combining imagery from different chapters to tell the story as he saw it. This piece shows Long's vision of Armageddon, with the city of Jerusalem under threat from masses of soldiers, aircraft, and missiles. Satan watches from the clouds, while seven trumpets pour "hail and fire, mixed with blood" onto the earth (8:7). Long painted the crowds of people poised and waiting for action, capturing the suspenseful moment before the inevitable chaos of the end of the world.

This artwork is currently on view on the first floor of the Museum in the Folk Art galleries.

Keywords

Cityscape - imaginary

Landscape - bird's eye view

Religion - angel

Religion - New Testament - Christ

Religion - New Testament - Last Judgment

Religion - Satan

State of being - evil - war

painting

folk art

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

About Rev. McKendree Robbins Long, Sr.

Born: Statesville, North Carolina 1888 Died: Statesville, North Carolina 1976

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