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Revelation By Hans Memling

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Hans Memling’s altarpiece depicts an array of significant and rather specific features of Revelation. Directly in the center of the piece we see the four horsemen. Moving from the left (or the back), to the right (or the front), is the white horse whose rider carries an archer’s bow and wears a crown, the red horse whose rider is given a sword, the black horse whose rider holds a yoked scale, and a green horse whose rider’s name is death and hell follows behind him. Less obvious is the depiction of the red dragon crouched before the apocalyptic women in the top right corner of the painting. She is illustrated as described in Revelation as being clothed by the sun, however, she is not seen standing on the moon. Explicit detail is given to the

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