The Seven Trumpets

Albrecht Dürer
The Seven Trumpets
woodcut
c. 1496-97

An original Albrecht Dürer woodcut print.

c. 1496-97

Original woodcut printed in black ink on laid paper.

Signed in the block with the artist’s monogram lower center.

A superb 16th century/lifetime impression from the 1511 Latin edition, with the Latin text in letterpress on the verso. One of fifteen woodcuts created by Dürer to illustrate the last book of the New Testament, the Revelations of Saint John the Divine, the Apocalypse.

Catalog: Bartsch 68; Kurth 112; Meder 170; Panofsky 188; Hollstein 170; Strauss 41; Schoch/Mende/Scherbaum 118.

15 3/8 x 10 7/8 inches

“And I saw the seven angels who stood before God, and to them were given seven trumpets. And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden alter which was before the throne. And the smoke of the incense which came with the prayers of all the saints, ascended up before God out of the angels hand. And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire from the altar, and cast it upon the earth; and there were voices, and thunderclaps, and lightnings, and an earthquake. The first angel sounded and there followed hail and fire mixed with blood, and they were cast upon the earth, and the third part of the trees was burnt up. And the second angel sounded, and, as it were, a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea; and a third part of the sea became blood. And a third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life, died; and the third part of the ships were destroyed. And a third angel sounded and there fell a great star from the heaven, burning as though it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers and the sources of water. And the name of the star was Wormwood; and the third part of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars, so that the third part of them was darkened, and the day shone not for a third part of it, and the night likewise. And I beheld and heard an eagle flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice, woe, woe, woe, to the inhabitors of the earth by reason of the trumpet of the three angels which are yet to sound.” (Revelations 8:2-13)