The Great Harlot of Babylon

Unknownabout 1255–1260

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

After the angels empty the seven vessels, one of them leads Saint John to see the great harlot. The artist chose to represent her as a beautiful young woman whose vanity is symbolized by the mirror she holds. She sits on wavy blue strands representing the "many waters" described in the text. John seems to be reluctant to look at the great harlot, as the angel tugs at his cloak, pulling him unwillingly toward her.


  • Title: The Great Harlot of Babylon
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: about 1255–1260
  • Location Created: London (probably), England
  • Physical Dimensions: Leaf: 31.9 × 22.5 cm (12 9/16 × 8 7/8 in.)
  • Type: Folio
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Tempera colors, gold leaf, colored washes, pen and ink on parchment
  • Terms of Use: Open Content
  • Number: 83.MC.72.35v
  • Culture: English
  • Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Ms. Ludwig III 1, fol. 35v
  • Creator Display Name: Unknown
  • Classification: Manuscripts (Documents)

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