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The Apocalypse — The Four Horsemen

Albrecht Dürer, 1498
The Apocalypse — The Four Horsemen, Albrecht Dürer
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The Apocalypse — The Four Horsemen is a Northern Renaissance Wood Block Print created by Albrecht Dürer in 1498. It lives at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The image is in the Public Domain, and tagged Apocalypse and Print. SourceDownload

The third woodcut from Albrecht Dürer’s series The Apocalypse, the Four Horsemen describes Revelation 6:1–8:

“And I saw, and behold, a white horse, and its rider had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer. When he opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, ‘Come!’ And out came another horse, bright red; its rider was permitted to take peace from the earth, so that men should slay one another; and he was given a great sword. When he opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, ‘Come!’ And I saw, and behold, a black horse, and its rider had a balance in his hand; ... When he opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature say, ‘Come!’ And I saw, and behold, a pale horse, and its rider’s name was Death, and Hades followed him; and they were given great power over a fourth of the earth; to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by wild beasts of the earth.”

Reed Enger, "The Apocalypse — The Four Horsemen," in Obelisk Art History, Published February 15, 2016; last modified May 19, 2021, http://arthistoryproject.com/artists/albrecht-durer/the-apocalypse-the-four-horsemen/.

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