barber institute of fine arts
university of birmingham


Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528)

The Vision of the Seven Candlesticks 

Nuremberg, 1511

Woodcut 

Paper: 392 x 282 mm; mount 556 x 405 mm

The woodcut was one of a series originally published as the Apocalypse of St. John in 1498. Dürer cycle of illustrations made him famous throughout Europe. Here St. John the Apostle kneels before a vision of the Son of Man representing the path to a supernatural realm. the scene is from Revelations (I. 12-16), the final book of the New Testament, describing a vision of the second coming of Christ ‘…I saw seven golden candlesticks;/ And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of Man…/ And he has in his hand seven stars: and out of his moth went a sharp two edged sword…’.

Purchased 1956 (No.56.1)

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