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