The Seven Trumpets are Given to the Angels
From Apocalipsis cum Figuris (Apocalypse)
Illustrated by Albrecht Dürer
Dürer's The Seven Trumpets are Given to the Angels 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:
Four of the trumpets have already sounded, and the plagues that follow their sounding
have stricken the earth. The rain of fire, mingled with blood, falls on the grass and the
trees; the mountain of fire is cast into the sea ; the star named Wormwood is about to
fall into a well of water; and the third part of
everything is smitten and destroyed.
In Dürer's representation of this vision, God the Father sits on a throne at the top of
the cut, dealing out the trumpets to the angels, who have received all but two, which
He is in the act of handing to the two angels nearest the throne. The angel with the
censer, containing the prayers of the saints, stands at the altar immediately in front of
the Father. The two principal angels, with their long trumpets at their mouths, occupy
the central space of the picture, together with the darkened visages of sun and moon.
The landscape on earth is partly river or sea, and partly shore. Two great cities
doomed to destruction lie on either side of the broad water, in which numerous
vessels of all descriptions are suffering shipwreck. An eagle flying over the earth utters
the cry of ' Woe, woe, woe to the inhabiters of the
earth by reason of the other
voices of the trumpets of the three angels which are yet to sound !'
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Some details from the illustration
|God handing Trumpets to the Angels||An Angel sounding a Trumpet||Detail showing a shooting star||Shipwrecks|