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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.

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  • Title: The Opening of the Fifth Seal: The Souls of the Dead Receiving White Robes
  • 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=3336
  • 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: Angels, Saint John the Evangelist

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