DÜRER, Albrecht
(b. 1471, Nürnberg, d. 1528, Nürnberg)

The Revelation of St John: 7. The Seven Trumpets Are Given to the Angels

1497-98
Woodcut, 39 x 28 cm
Staatliche Kunsthalle, Karlsruhe

The print represents the vision when the seven trumpets are given to the angels, and the results of the first four trumpet calls (Rev. 8:2-13).

When the Lamb broke the seventh seal `there was silence in heaven for what seemed half an hour'. There then appeared seven angels with trumpets and as each blew further disasters, hail, fire and blood, rained down. A third of the earth and sea were burnt up, a third of the rivers poisoned, a third of the sun, moon and stars went dark. (God in heaven is handing out trumpets to his angels. On earth below cities are on fire, ships sinking.)




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