COURTOIS, Martial
(died c. 1592, Limoges)

The Woman of the Apocalypse

c. 1570
Painted enamel on copper, 40 x 55 cm
British Museum, London

The scene on the dish is a vision of the future, from the Book of Revelation in the Bible. The evil prostitute of Babylon sits drunkenly on a horned beast with seven heads. She offers a cup towards kneeling men, who represent the rulers of the world, including a king, a pope and a cardinal. The blue tunic of the man in the foreground is a restoration.