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The Seventh Seal: An Angel Censing an Altar and Pouring the Censer over the Earth

Unknownabout 1255–1260

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

The illuminator depicted a sequence of actions by showing the same angel at three different moments, arranged from left to right. On the left, the angel swings a golden censer and holds up a bowl to the hand of God to be filled with incense. To the right, this same angel fills the censer with the fire from the altar. The angel then casts the fire on the earth to the right, unleashing thunder, lightning, and a great earthquake, as the text describes.

Details

  • Title: The Seventh Seal: An Angel Censing an Altar and Pouring the Censer over the Earth
  • 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.72.10v
  • Culture: English
  • Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Ms. Ludwig III 1, fol. 10v
  • Creator Display Name: Unknown
  • Classification: Manuscripts (Documents)

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