Flemish Apocalypse

Flemish Apocalypse f. 11r, The mighty angel and the seven thunders


f. 11r, The mighty angel and the seven thunders

The mighty angel dominates this miniature. He wears a dark-blue dalmatic over his white alb. A stole is draped crosswise over his dalmatic and his long coat is held together by a large, rectangular golden morse. His face, ‘that was as the sun’, is covered by golden sunrays. His feet, the pillars of fire, are dark red, his right foot stands on the sea and his left on the land. His right hand is raised in a gesture of speech and in his left he holds an open book. John sits in the foreground, an empty scroll over his knees and a quill pen in his right hand. John hears the seven thunders speak, which are depicted as little blowing heads in a round mandorla. In the middle of the round mandorla, against a star-covered background of blue clouds, sits God. As the mighty angel, he raises his right hand in a gesture of speech and holds an open book in his left. John prepares to write down what he hears, but a voice from heaven restrains him. The voice from heaven is symbolized by the angel bending over the clouds on the left, pointing with his right hand at God and with his left at John. Again a voice speaks to John, telling him to take the book from the mighty angel. This scene is given on the right.

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