Flemish Apocalypse

Flemish Apocalypse f. 2r, St. John on Patmos. The vision of Christ and seven candlesticks and the seven churches of Asia

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f. 2r, St. John on Patmos. The vision of Christ and seven candlesticks and the seven churches of Asia

The helmsman, wearing a red hood and red hose rolled down under his knees, has deposited John on the isle of Patmos and now pushes his boat off with a bargepole. The flatboat is identical to the one in the previous miniature. The construction is again very accurate with a cross beam in the middle of the boat, the thwart, for the oarsman to sit on. St John remains on Patmos. He lies stretched out on the ground staring pensively at the angel hovering above him who brings him an empty scroll for him to write down what he sees. Christ stands in the middle of the miniature. His hair is white and his face golden, like the sun. He holds a sharp two-edged sword in his mouth and an open book in his left hand, and in his right hand lie seven stars. In front of him are seven golden candlesticks without candles. John, depicted a second time, kneels to the right of Christ and looks up at him. Seven Gothic churches are placed in a semi-circle behind the Lord. Seven angels kneel in front of the churches, their hands raised in prayer. The wings of the angels are studded with the eyes of peacock feathers.


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