The Four Angels with the Trumpets, eighth plate from the series The Apocalypse

The Four Angels with the Trumpets, eighth plate from the series The Apocalypse
The Four Angels with the Trumpets, eighth plate from the series The Apocalypse
Artist:
Date:
1498
Location:
Not on display
Century:
Media:
Woodcut
Dimensions:
Image: 389 x 277 mm (15 5/16 x 10 7/8 in.)
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Object Type:
Country:
Continent:
Europe
Accession Number:
1979.1.50.8
Acquisition Date:
1979-01-01
Credit Line:

Museum purchase, William H. Noble Bequest Fund

Exhibition History:

Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, Fate, Fortune, Nemesis: Albracht Durer at Century's End, Jan 29 - April 11, 1999.

Rev. 8:2 God hands trumpets singly to seven angels from behind an altar. Another angel, in front of God, strews flames taken from a censer. Four of the seven are already blowing their trumpets, causing cities to burst into flames, waves to overturn the ships in the harbor; ships' masts break in half, men are thrown overboard. A pair of hands emerges from the clouds and drops a burning mountain into the sea. The upheaval causes huge waves and capsizes ships. A star falls from the sky, in the lower left corner. There is an eagle, with letters coming from its beak, illegible. To the right, a cloud shoots flames, and unleashes what seems to be a rain of insects and tadpoles. The text describes them as locusts with the tails of scorpions (Rev. 9:7-11). The sun and moon seem to flinch away: the moon has changed directions since Record 6.

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