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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Some details from the illustration
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