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The Opening of the Fifth Seal: The Souls of the Dead Receiving White Robes

Unknownabout 1255–1260

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

And when [the lamb] had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony they held. (Apocalypse 6:9)
The souls of martyrs, those who died upholding the word of God, slowly emerge from beneath the altar and receive white robes from angels, who help to dress them.

Details

  • Title: The Opening of the Fifth Seal: The Souls of the Dead Receiving White Robes
  • 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.72.8
  • Culture: English
  • Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Ms. Ludwig III 1, fol. 8
  • Creator Display Name: Unknown
  • Classification: Manuscripts (Documents)

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