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ID number:  BIRBI-56.1
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Dürer, Albrecht (1471-1528)
Title / Object name:  The Vision of the Seven Candlesticks
Object type:  Print
Place made:  Nuremberg
Culture:  German
Date made:  1511
Materials:  Woodcut
Measurements:  Paper: 392 x 282 mm; mount: 556 x 405 mm
Provenance:  Purchased from Colnaghi's, January 1956, for £18

This woodcut was one of a series originally published as The Apocalypse of St John in 1498. Dürer’s 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 had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp two edged sword...’.

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