The Lamb and the Four Living Creatures

14th century
Pomposa Abbey, Codorigo, Italy

This panel of the Pomposa Apocalypse frescoes presents Revelation 5:6, "And I saw: and behold in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the ancients, a Lamb standing as it were slain, having seven horns and seven eyes: which are the seven Spirits of God, sent forth into all the earth."

As usual, the artist chooses not to picture every detail in the text. There are seven horns, but we see only one eye. The Lamb has received a wound similar to the one in Jesus' side in crucifixion images, but he does not look "slain." And the living creatures are made to resemble the conventional symbols of the four evangelists, without the extra wings and eyes described in Revelation 4:8.

On the other hand, the artist has added a halo and the pennant seen in many Resurrection images, details not in the text.

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Photographed at the site by Richard Stracke, shared under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.