John Commanded to Write and the Blessed Dead

Unknownabout 1255 - 1260

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

And I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, "Write: Blessed are the dead, who die in the Lord." (Apocalypse 14:13) An angel descends from heaven with a pen and an inkpot, which he hands to Saint John, ready with parchment and a penknife. To the right, a woman mourns over four dead men. Angels above carry the souls of the departed directly to heaven, a sign that they are among the blessed who have died in the Lord.


  • Title: John Commanded to Write and the Blessed Dead
  • Date Created: about 1255 - 1260
  • Location Created: London (probably), England
  • Physical Dimensions: w22.5 x h31.9 cm
  • Type: Folio
  • Rights: http://www.getty.edu/legal/copyright.html
  • External Link: http://www.getty.edu/art/gettyguide/artObjectDetails?artobj=3377
  • Medium: "Tempera colors, gold leaf, colored washes, pen and ink on parchment"
  • illuminator: Unknown
  • Terms of Use: http://www.getty.edu/legal/copyright.html
  • Subject: Deaths, Angels, Saint John the Evangelist

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