Opening of the Sixth Seal

A work made of engraving in black on cream laid paper.
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  • A work made of engraving in black on cream laid paper.

Date:

1555

Artist:

Jean Duvet
French, 1485-after 1561

About this artwork

In one of John’s first visions of the end of the world (Revelation 6:9–15), the opening of the sixth seal unleashes the Last Judgment. The sun and moon peeping out from under the altar suggests this breach marks an irrevocable astronomical as well as spiritual event. The pious dead—with their foreheads marked with a cross by God—rise into Heaven, while the gates of Hell open to receive those unworthy of salvation. Others, tormented into a crazed state by locusts, clamor for death and the fiery pit, which their satanic overlord is all too willing to grant.

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Artist

Jean Duvet

Title

Opening of the Sixth Seal

Origin

France

Date

1555

Medium

Engraving in black on cream laid paper

Dimensions

305 × 212 mm (image/sheet)

Credit Line

Bequest of Mrs. Potter Palmer, Jr.

Reference Number

1956.1051

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