IIIF provides researchers rich metadata and media viewing options for comparison of works across cultural heritage collections. Visit the IIIF page to learn more.
Samuel Colman, 1780–1845, British, The Rock of Salvation, 1837
The Rock of Salvation
- Former Title(s):
The Mysterious Island
- Oil on canvas
- 24 1/8 x 29 1/4 inches (61.3 x 74.3 cm)
Signed and dated in gray paint, lower center: "S. Colman 1837."
- Credit Line:
- Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
- Copyright Status:
- Public Domain
- Accession Number:
- Paintings and Sculpture
- Link to Frame:
- Subject Terms:
- allegory | astronomy | clouds | evening | meteorology | moon | religious and mythological subject | rocks (landforms) | salvation | science | sea | seascape | sky | smoke | stars | storm | sun | sunset | waves (natural events)
- Not on view
- IIIF Manifest:
Samuel Colman was a Protestant dissenter from the Church of England and produced many paintings that functioned both as religious and political sermons. Like his earlier The Delivery of Israel out of Egypt, which showed Moses poised on a pinnacle of rock beneath a pillar of fire symbolizing God’s deliverance of the Israelites from slavery, Colman portrays Christ as a symbol of salvation, placing the crucifix at the summit of a rocky island. The artist likens Christ’s death to a burnt offering (the highest sacrifice according to scripture) by showing black smoke ascending skyward from the cross, linking—like the pillar of fire—heaven and earth, the divine and the human. Colman’s preoccupation with themes of deliverance and salvation can be tied to his deeply felt religious and political convictions, including his opposition to slavery. Gallery label for installation of YCBA collection, 2016
Acquisitions : The First Decade 1977-1986, Yale Center for British Art , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 1986, p. 12, no. 7, N590.2 A7 OVERSIZE (YCBA) [YCBA]
Duncan Robinson, Acquisitions : The First Decade 1977 - 1986, , Burlington Magazine, vol. 128, October 1986, p. 12, no. 7, N1 B87 128:3 OVERSIZE (YCBA) [YCBA]
If you have information about this object that may be of assistance please contact us.