Val-Dieu Apocalypse

Val-Dieu Apocalypse f. 20r · The Dragon persecutes the Woman


f. 20r · The Dragon persecutes the Woman

The Dragon, although cast down to the earth, continues to persecute the woman, who is given two wings by an angel so that she can fly into the desert to escape the approaching Dragon, towards whom she turns fearfully right before she is saved by the gift of the wings. John, who has not been shown in many preceding miniatures, stands fearfully leaning backwards as he sees the great red Dragon almost, as it were, standing on its tail. The iconography is very close to that in the English model with absolutely identical poses. The scene is set against a dull-green diaper ground.

And after the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman who brought forth her man child. And there were given to the woman two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the desert unto her place, where she is nourished for a time and times and half a time from the face of the serpent. (Apoc. 12: 13-14)

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