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


The Sea Monster The Beast with the Lamb's Horn Heretical worship of the Dragon