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Terror From The Sky

This 1498 engraving of a bad day on the continent caught my eye on Michel-Alain Combes’ page here.  I think it is from a famous French fall of that time period.

Can someone translate the French for our readers?  [ Click the comments link below to see the translation and explanation of the engraving]

Le sixième sceau de l’Apocalypse d’après Dürer
Le grand peintre et graveur allemand Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528), contemporain de Copernic, a publié une
Apocalypse en quinze planches en 1498. Celle-ci concerne l’ouverture du sixième sceau qui parle d’un grand
tremblement de terre, du Soleil qui devint noir, la Lune couleur sang et des étoiles du ciel qui tombèrent sur la Terre.
  • Translation via Google:

    The sixth seal of the Apocalypse by Durer
    The great German painter and engraver Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528), a contemporary of Copernicus, published an Apocalypse in fifteen plates in 1498. It concerns the opening of the sixth seal, which speaks of a great earthquake, the sun became black, the blood-red moon and the stars of heaven fell to the Ground.

  • admin

    My, isn’t that pleasant? Thanks, Bob. I guess it was not a famous French fall then, but rather the fall of man.

  • E.P. Grondine

    The sixth seal of the Apocalypse intepreted by Durer.

    The great German painter and engraver, contemporary of Copernicus, printed an Apocalypse in 15 plates in 1498. This one concerns the opening of the sixth seal which speaks of a
    great trembling of the ground, of a Sun which becomes black, a Moon the color of blood and
    of stars of heaven which fall on the Earth.”

    The question of course, is what traditions or documents which John of Patmos used in constructing
    Revelation, and his mistranslations therof, problems which have not been solved.