The Four Angels with the Trumpets, eighth plate from the series The Apocalypse
Museum purchase, William H. Noble Bequest Fund
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.