The Angel with the Key to the Bottomless Pit

From Apocalipsis cum Figuris (Apocalypse)

Illustrated by Albrecht Dürer



Dürer's The Angel with the Key to the Bottomless Pit depicts one element of the ecstatic vision experienced by St John,

wherein Satan is bound to the Bottomless Pit.


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:


The key of the bottomless pit that the angel holds in his hands is of enormous size,

with a bunch of little keys (perhaps of the separate cells in hell) tied through the
handle. A beautiful city in the background represents the Heavenly Jerusalem,

'whose light is the glory of God' and in the foreground, on a hill above the Angel

and the Dragon, we again have the Seer of all these visions accompanied by one

of the elders, who declares to him their signification. St John is always represented

by Dürer as a powerful young, or middle-aged man, and never as the aged Prophet

of Patmos.




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Some details from the illustration


The Angel with the key Satan interred