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The Unburied Bodies of the Two Witnesses and the Rejoicing People

Object Details

Title:

The Unburied Bodies of the Two Witnesses and the Rejoicing People

Artist/Maker:

Unknown

Culture:

English

Place:

London (probably), England (Place Created)

Date:

about 1255–1260

Medium:

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

Object Number:

Ms. Ludwig III 1 (83.MC.72), fol. 17v

Dimensions:

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

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Object Description

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.

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
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