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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:

    Altarpiece

  • 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:

    5940-1859

  • 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 tr