The Light Shineth in Darkness and the Darkness Comprehendeth It Not
The Light Shineth in Darkness and the Darkness Comprehendeth It Not

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The title comes from the Latin Gospel of Saint John, which refers to Christ as the light of men – 'the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it'. The angelic central figure of the painting sits amongst light and rainbows, looking down with an expression of pity and lifting her hand in a blessing. Inches away are three bowed figures, wearing shackles and hiding their faces from the light. The light shines upon them and touches them, but they do not look up to see the messenger. They are prisoners of their own fears and doubts. The angelic spirit is so close to them, all they have to do is to lift their heads and they will see the light, but they cower away, one even covering her ears, so that she cannot hear the message.


The Light Shineth in Darkness and the Darkness Comprehendeth It Not




oil on canvas


H 61 x W 45.8 cm

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