9.00am - 5.00pm


9.00am - 5.00pm


12.00pm - 3.00pm


The Seven Sisters, paintings by Annelies Clarke

New Building, Peterborough Cathedral
Wednesday 19th October - Wednesday 7th December 2016
09:00 - 17:00 (each day)

This is an exhibition of seven paintings depicting the seven churches in Asia Minor referred to in the Book of Revelation: Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea.

About the exhibition

The Seven Sisters, 7 oils on canvas 30 x 90cm by Annelies Clarke

The seven (sister) churches are painted as female figures, each in a particular pose and with a colour palette that reflects the situation and character of the church she personifies. The paintings illustrate the contents of the letters Jesus dictates to the apostle John so that he can warn each church about the events that are about to happen - the Apocalypse.

The churches were not above criticism – Laodicea, for example, was warned that it was too lukewarm and was about to be ‘spat out’ - but still Jesus describes them as light-bearers and lampstands. They are called to be lights in a dark world, because together, and with the churches of all ages, the church is the bride of Christ, the one He loves and prepares the wedding feast for at the end of the Book of Revelation.

Accompanying the paintings will be the seven relevant pages from the artist's on-going project to illustrate the entire Book of Revelation (see below, illustrating the church in Thyatira.)

Talks on Revelation

A series of talks on what the book of Revelation says about the cities in the paintings will take place on Wednesdays at 1.00pm. For more details please check the Wednesday at One page.

MP3 logo. Click for link to audio file.The artist, Annelies Clarke gave the first talk in the series. You can listen to her talk here:

Hear Annelies Clarke talk about The Seven Sisters paintings (YouTube audio link).

A page from Annelies Clarke's illustration of the Book of Revelation.

Opening times

The exhibition is open during normal Cathedral opening hours, except when a service or event is in progress.

9.00am to 5.00pm, Monday to Saturday
12.00 noon to 3.00pm, Sunday

Admission is free.