The Whore of Babylon, from The Apocalypse

A work made of woodcut in black on ivory laid paper.
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  • A work made of woodcut in black on ivory laid paper.

Date:

1496–98

Artist:

Albrecht Dürer
German, 1471-1528

About this artwork

Albrecht Dürer’s illustrations of the Apocalypse display an unprecedented scale and complexity. In this sheet, the Whore of Babylon, one of the visions foretold in the biblical book of Revelation, is perched on a seven-headed scarlet beast with 10 horns, holding aloft a chalice full of the “abominations and filthiness of her fornication.” She appears in contemporary Italian dress, perhaps a reference to the burning city in the distance, which is commonly interpreted as Rome, whose seven hills matched the beast’s seven heads.

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Artist

Albrecht Dürer

Title

The Whore of Babylon, from The Apocalypse

Origin

Germany

Date

1496–1498

Medium

Woodcut in black on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

386 × 280 mm

Credit Line

Bequest of Mrs. Potter Palmer, Jr.

Reference Number

1956.961

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