Val-Dieu Apocalypse

f. 28r · The Angel gathers the Grapes and the Blood from the Winepress of God’s Wrath (Apoc. 14: 19-20) Val-Dieu Apocalypse

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f. 28r · The Angel gathers the Grapes and the Blood from the Winepress of God's Wrath

Outside the city, the angel who had come out of the temple in heaven is shown cutting off the clusters of grapes with his sickle. He gives one bunch to a devil seated on the winepress of the wrath of God. From the winepress streams blood which flows past the city in front of which stand two horses with their red bridles hanging just above the stream of blood. The iconography is almost identical to that in the English Lambeth Apocalypse, notably in having a devil seated on the winepress, a feature not mentioned in the biblical text, and also the architectural forms above the horses on the right are almost the same. Probably the devil is shown as an instrument of the wrath of God in a similar way to the actions of devils in Hell. The scene is set against a dull-purple diaper ground.

And the angel thrust in his sharp sickle into the earth and gathered the vineyard of the earth and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God. And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even up to the horses’ bridles, for a thousand and six hundred furlongs.” (Apoc. 14: 19-20)

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