Friday, June 29, 2007

Daniel’s Vision of the Four Beasts

Vision Of The Four Beasts by Gustave Doré.

"Luther-Bibel 1545: Daniel 7,2-8"

Matthäus Merian - Engraving from "Icones Biblicae" 1630.

The fourth beast as shown on this site.

Daniel 7:3 - van Haecht

From The Antiquae urbis splendor ('The splendour of the ancient city') a book of engravings on the monuments and other antiquities of ancient Rome. Created by Giacomo Lauro, Rome 1612.

I lost track of the origins of this print but it does appear to play upon the imagery of the four beasts.

"1 And I saw a beast rising out of the sea, with ten horns and seven heads, with ten diadems on its horns and blasphemous names on its heads. 2 And the beast that I saw was like a leopard; its feet were like a bear’s, and its mouth was like a lion’s mouth. And to it the dragon gave his power and his throne and great authority. 3 One of its heads seemed to have a mortal wound, but its mortal wound was healed, and the whole earth marveled as they followed the beast. 4 And they worshiped the dragon, for he had given his authority to the beast, and they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who is like the beast, and who can fight against it?” (Revelation 13:1-4 ESV)"

Does anyone know where I could find larger examples of the woodcuts shown at the bottom of this page?

1 comment:

Paul Rumsey said...

That four beasts picture with the huge spider web is so strange, why the buildings in the web?...and the things numbered one to ten, the distant donkey with the rabbits, the army of bulls,the lamb in the thorn bush, what does it all mean?....and those odd looking baby lions on the cushion? If you do find the artist and title please tell!