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The Fourth Trumpet: The Darkening of a Third of the Celestial Bodies
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Unknown
English, probably London, about 1255 - 1260
Tempera colors, gold leaf, and colored washes on parchment
12 9/16 x 8 7/8 in.
MS. LUDWIG III 1, FOL. 12V

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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.