St. Paul on a Horse

Carl Milles
1926-1927, Bronze

The story of the Conversion of St. Paul is told in the Acts of the Apostles. Saul, as he was called then, was on his way to Damascus to persecute Christians. In this sculpture, Milles illustrates the moment as described in the Acts “… and suddenly there shone round about him a light out of heaven: and he fell upon the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? …”  The frightened horse rears back, and the awe-struck St. Paul, shielding his eyes with his hand, is about to tumble to the ground. The terror of the situation is intensified by placing the horse and rider on a precariously small wedge of ground.