Four Angels Staying the Winds and Signing the Chosen

From Apocalipsis cum Figuris (Apocalypse)

Illustrated by Albrecht Dürer



Dürer's Four Angels Staying the Winds and Signing the Chosen depicts one element of the ecstatic vision experienced

by St John.


Mrs Charles W Heaton (The History of the Life of Albrecht Durer of Nurnberg with a Translation of His Letters and

Journal and Some Accounts of His Work: Seeley, Jackson and Halliday, London; 1881), in an early comprehensive

biographical work, provides the following description of this wonderful illustration:


It represents, firstly, the four angels standing on the four corners of the earth holding

the four winds; and secondly, the sealing of the elect on their forehead. The four angels
are of majestic and powerful form, as indeed are the angels generally in these cuts.

Dürer perhaps felt that the graceful and vapoury beings that are often drawn to

represent the angelic inhabitants of heaven were not capable of the hard work

accorded to them by St John. The angel to the left seems beating back the wind with

a sword that he holds in one hand, and a plate or cymbal in the other.

The servants of God are marked with a cross on their forehead, and here Dürer is by

no means invidiously Protestant in his sympathies, for many Catholic clergy are amongst

the elect, and a monk is the one who is being sealed by the angel in the foreground.




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The illustration



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Some details from the illustration


An Angel staying the Wind The Winds An Angel An Angel sealing the Chosen