The Sea Monster and the Beast with the Lamb's Horn
From Apocalipsis cum Figuris (Apocalypse)
Illustrated by Albrecht Dürer
Dürer's The Sea Monster and the Beast with the Lamb's Horn depicts one element of the ecstatic vision experienced
by St John. The text associated with the illustration follows:
And I stood on the sand of the sea, and I saw a beast rise up out of the sea,
having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon
his heads the name of blasphemy . . . and all the world wondered after the
beast. And they worshipped the dragon, which gave power unto the beast,
and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? Who is
able to make war with him?
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:
A dragon of similar form to the one in 'The Woman clothed with the Sun'
receives the worship of the world. Two groups of men of various conditions,
foremost amongst whom we again recognise an emperor and empress, prostrate
themselves before him, whilst he stretches his long necks above their heads in
secure satisfaction, for 'his deadly wound was healed.' To the left is seen the beast
with the ram's horns, in form like a lion, at either side of which fire descends from
heaven like thick rain. Above, on the throne, in the clear space of heaven we see
the form of Him who is 'like unto the Son of Man,' having the sharp sickle in His
hand, 'for the harvest of the earth is ripe.' The angel, indeed, of the harvest is
already descending to gather the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great
wine-press of the wrath of God.
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Some details from the illustration
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