The Beast with Seven Heads

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

Date:

n.d.

Artist:

Jean Duvet
French, 1485-after 1561

About this artwork

John’s vision from Revelation 13 pits the Lamb of God against a seven-headed, ten-horned apocalyptic beast of epic proportions. While an angel runs interference to warn the credulous earthly population against worshipping the beast, it is only the true believers in Christ who will survive. Duvet’s dense composition of quivering scales and genuflecting masses breaks open only at the top to reveal the true Christian sacrificial symbol, the Lamb. Bearing the attributes of the evangelist, this mild and just creature is both the apocalypse’s antithesis and antidote.

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Artist

Jean Duvet

Title

The Beast with Seven Heads

Origin

France

Date

1505–1570

Medium

Engraving in black on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

300 × 290 mm (plate); 347 × 253 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Bequest of Mrs. Potter Palmer, Jr.

Reference Number

1956.1054

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