The Martyrdom of St. John, second plate from the series The Apocalypse

The Martyrdom of St. John, second plate from the series The Apocalypse
The Martyrdom of St. John, second plate from the series The Apocalypse
Artist:
Date:
1498
Location:
Not on display
Century:
Media:
Woodcut
Dimensions:
Image: 391 x 280 mm (15 3/8 x 11 in.)
Department:
Object Type:
Country:
Continent:
Europe
Accession Number:
1979.1.50.2
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.

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.

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