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The Horseman "Faithful and True" and the Army of Heaven on White Horses and the Horseman in the Winepress

Unknownabout 1255–1260

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

In this vision, Saint John sees the heavens open, revealing a white horse that symbolizes victory. Its rider, called "faithful and true," is usually understood as Christ. Following him are the armies of heaven, all riding white horses. The double-edged sword that comes from the first rider's mouth is the word of God, Christ's only weapon. The rider appears a second time below, treading "the winepress of the fierceness of the wrath of the all-powerful God." (Apocalypse 19:15) On his garment is written rex regu[m] et domin[us] d[omi]nantium(king of kings and lord of lords).

Details

  • Title: The Horseman "Faithful and True" and the Army of Heaven on White Horses and the Horseman in the Winepress
  • 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.72.40
  • Culture: English
  • Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Ms. Ludwig III 1, fol. 40
  • Creator Display Name: Unknown
  • Classification: Manuscripts (Documents)

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