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'The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse' from 'The Apocalypse: Revelation of Saint John the Divine' about 1497

Not on display

This is one of the most famous examples of northern European printmaking, both masterly in its composition and a technical triumph. Each line that appears black in print had to stand out in relief from the wood block. The four terrible horsemen appeared to St John in his apocalyptic vision, destroying all before them. The furthest one is Death the Conqueror, next is War, then Famine, and in the foreground the shrivelled reaper pitching his motley harvest into Hell. Dürer made sixteen innovative large full page woodcuts illustrating the New Testament Book of Revelation. His prints were copied and collected throughout Europe.


  • Acc. No. DURER.50
  • Medium Woodcut on paper
  • Size 39.20 x 28.20 cm (to edge of block)
  • Credit Purchased 1965