The Opening of the Seventh Seal: The Distribution of Trumpets

Unknownabout 1255–1260

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

The opening of the seventh and final seal does not herald the end of humanity's sufferings. Instead, two angels distribute seven trumpets to seven angels. The blowing of the trumpets will bring more sorrow to those left on earth. In the miniature, the Lord sits within a mandorla on the arc of heaven poised above an orb representing the world. He blesses with his right hand while he holds a book in his left.

The illuminator shows Saint John from the back, witnessing the event by looking through a door into the scene.


  • Title: The Opening of the Seventh Seal: The Distribution of Trumpets
  • 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.72.10
  • Culture: English
  • Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Ms. Ludwig III 1, fol. 10
  • Creator Display Name: Unknown
  • Classification: Manuscripts (Documents)

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