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The Apocalypse — The Whore of Babylon

Albrecht Dürer, 1498
The Apocalypse — The Whore of Babylon, Albrecht Dürer
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The Apocalypse — The Whore of Babylon 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. Download

Albrecht Dürer’s The Apocalypse, a series of woodblock prints, established him as one of the most famous printmakers of his era. The Whore of Babylon was the final print in the series, describing the verses 17:3—4 in Book of Revelation: “And I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast, full of names of blasphemy with seven heads and ten horns. The woman was garbed in purple and scarlet, and gilded with gold, gems, and pearls, and bearing a golden goblet in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication.”

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