joseph mallord wiliam turner

The Angel Standing in the Sun

Turner included the two following texts in the catalogue for the Academy  exhibition showing this painting:

And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God; That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, both free and bond, both small and great.
(Book of Revelation)

The morning march that flashes to the sun;
The feast of vultures when the day is done.
(Samuel Rogers’ Voyage of Columbus)


Joseph Mallord William Turner