The Beast with Two Horns like a Lamb

Albrecht Dürer

(1471 - Nuremberg - 1528)
Woodcut 39 x 28.2 cm. (15.4 x 11.2 in.) 1498

References: Bartsch 74; Meder 175, proof before text and before the 1498 German edition of the Apocalypse; Schoch, Mende, and Scherbaum 123.

Watermark: Imperial Orb, Meder 53 (dated by Meder, 1497-1520)

Impression: Brilliant impression, borderline visible all around

Condition: Excellent condition, no apparent repairs

“Then out of the sea I saw a beast rising. It had ten horns and seven heads. On its horns were ten diadems, and on each head a blasphemous name.” (Revelation 13:1) “Then I saw another beast, which came up out of the earth; it had two horns like a lamb’s, but spoke like a dragon.” (Revelation 13:11)

Dürer powerfully translated Saint John’s visionary description of the end of time into the vivid imagery of this woodcut, combining different elements from two chapters of the Book of Revelation.

The Beast with Two Horns like a Lamb is one of sixteen prints included in Dürer’s Apocalypse series. This impression is a rare proof printed before the publication in 1498 of the German book edition.

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