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Artist Name:

John S. W. Perates

Nationality & Life Dates:

American, born Greece, 1895–1970


St. Peter and St. Paul


ca. 1940s


Carved wood with paint


73 7/8 x 39 x 5 1/8 inches

Credit Line:

Purchase with T. Marshall Hahn Folk Art Acquisition Fund for the T. Marshall Hahn Collection

Accession Number:


Currently Not on View
Trained as a wood carver by his grandfather, John Perates went to work as a cabinetmaker when he moved to Maine from Greece in 1912. In 1938 Perates began work on a massive project that would occupy the next forty years of his life: a series of religious panels depicting the principal players and scenes from what he considered to be the greatest epic in history, the life of Christ. This large panel demonstrates how Perates combined his woodcarving skills, knowledge of the Bible, and familiarity with Byzantine-influenced religious icons to create an original and highly distinctive style.

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