The Fourth Trumpet: The Darkening of a Third of the Celestial Bodies

Object Details

Title:

The Fourth Trumpet: The Darkening of a Third of the Celestial Bodies

Artist/Maker(s):

Unknown

Culture:

English

Place(s):

London (probably), England (Place created)

Date:

about 1255 - 1260

Medium:

Tempera colors, gold leaf, colored washes, pen and ink on parchment

Dimensions:

Leaf: 31.9 x 22.5 cm (12 9/16 x 8 7/8 in.)

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The blowing of the fourth trumpet heralds the extinguishing of a third of the stars, a third of the moon, and a third of the sun. The illuminator represented the scene so as to suggest that the air the angel blows through the trumpet causes the damage; quite literally, a third of the sun, moon, and stars is blackened.