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Altarpiece - Altarpiece with 45 Scenes of the Apocalypse
  • Altarpiece with 45 Scenes of the Apocalypse
    Master Bertram
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Altarpiece with 45 Scenes of the Apocalypse

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Hamburg (painted)

  • Date:

    ca. 1400 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Master Bertram (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    tempera and gilt on panel transferred to canvas

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Medieval & Renaissance, Room 10, case WS, shelf EXP

Master Bertram von Minden worked in Hamburg, painting in various churches towards the end of the 14th century. Altarpieces with scenes from the last book of the Bible, the Revelation of St John the Divine (the Apocalypse) are rare. This panel, one of 45, illustrates the beginning of chapter eight. In St John's vision, at the moment of the opening of the seventh seal, the angels stand prepared: 'And I saw the seven angels which stood before God, and to them were given seven trumpets.'

Physical description

Tempera painting

Place of Origin

Hamburg (painted)


ca. 1400 (painted)


Master Bertram (maker)

Materials and Techniques

tempera and gilt on panel transferred to canvas


Height: 123.4 cm centre piece with frame, Width: 167.6 cm centre piece with frame, Height: 137 cm wings with frame, Width: 83 cm wings with frame, Depth: 6.8 cm central piece with frame

Object history note

Bought by the Museum in 1859 for £50.

Descriptive line

Altarpiece with 45 scenes of the Apocalypse

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Max Hasse, 'Der Apokalypse-Altar (Johannes-Altar) im Victoria und Albert Museum zu London', Niederdeutsche Beiträge zur Kunstgeschichte 19, 1980, pp. 125-36.
Lara Wilson, 'Master Bertram attr., The Apocalypse, Museum no. 5940-1859', interim conservation report, 1 July 2006, V&A Department of Paintings Conservation.
Max Hasse, 'Die Parler und der schöne Stil 1350-1400', Europäische Kunst unter den Luxemburgern, Köln, 1978, p. 530.
Kauffmann, C.M. Catalogue of Foreign Paintings, I. Before 1800. London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1973, p. 30-34, cat. no. 31
Costaras, N, and Turnbull, R. "Master Bertram's Apocalypse Triptych: To clean or not to clean", inV&A Conservation Journal Autumn 2009/10, number 58, pp.47-49.


Tempera; Gilt; Panel; Canvas




Christianity; Paintings


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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