Book of Revelation: Whore of Babylon (Ch. 17)
4 3/4 x 2 7/8 in. (12.1 x 7.3 cm)
Hans Sebald Beham,
Lucas Cranach, the Elder,
Medium and Support:
Label from “Between Heaven and Hades: Journeys in Renaissance and Baroque Prints”, La Salle University Art Museum, September 13 - December 15, 2017:
One of the great villains of the Book of Revelation is the Whore of Babylon, a wanton figure who stands for extreme vice in the world. Holding a golden chalice filled with sin, she rides the seven-headed dragon. The kings who adore her destroy in her name.
These woodcut illustrations, after those of Lucas Cranach the Elder, are from "Das Nau Testament" (Dresden: Wolfgang Stockel, 1527) with polemical notes by Jerome Esmer for use by German Roman Catholics. Here, the papal tiara worn by the Whore of Babylon in the example from a Lutheran Bible, has been removed.