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The Unburied Bodies of the Two Witnesses and the Rejoicing People
London (probably), England (Place Created)
Tempera colors, gold leaf, colored washes, pen and ink on parchment
Ms. Ludwig III 1 (83.MC.72), fol. 17v
Leaf: 31.9 × 22.5 cm (12 9/16 × 8 7/8 in.)
Rejoicing because the witnesses who tormented them are now dead, people dance and make merry with musical instruments. Below their feet, the witnesses' bodies lie on the ground unburied and unnoticed. Two buildings connected by a high wall suggest that the scene takes place in a town, which, as the text says "is called spiritually, Sodom and Egypt." (Apocalypse 11:8)
With his hand held to his cheek in a traditional gesture of mourning, Saint John observes from the left margin.
Harmonies of Heaven and Earth: Musicians and Instruments in Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts (January 25 to April 10, 1994)
- The J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu), January 25 to April 10, 1994