The Martyrdom of St. John, second 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.
St. John is boiled alive in large cauldron with legs. Lots of Renaissance costume. Squatting man in foreground tends the fire, using a bellows. Another pours water over the Saint's head with a long-handled ladle. King or sultan wearing a turban looks on from left, terrier dog at his feet. Throne is on a low dais, canopied, with tasseled fringe, backed by an Oriental-looking tapestry. Castle in background with round turrets. Spectators crowd behind a low wall. Most appear dressed as merchants, mostly men, one woman. Armored men stand to the right, carrying weapons.