Albrecht Durer, The Four Angels Holding the Winds, from The Apocalypse, 1511

Albrecht DURER

(Nuremberg, 1471 – 1528)

The Four Angels Holding the Winds, from The Apocalypse


Woodcut on paper, 39 x 27.5 cm

Signed at lower center “AD” [artist’s monogram]


The woodcut is listed as Bartsch: 66, Medes: 169.

The Durer’s woodcut is following the Revelation. The apostle John saw in vision the “four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, on the sea, or on any tree” (Revelation 7:1). The “four corners” represent the whole earth and the “four winds” represent the four directions of the compass.


Aukiton Karl & Faber, Munich 1981

Private collection, Germany

Private collection, Zurich


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