1683 – Inside Dionysiou

Inside the monastery of Dionysiou, behind the arcades, on the wall of the refectory, there are fascinating medieval fresco’s. I will show some details of the painting. In the earlier blogs by Wim starting at number 1100, he already explained the meaning of the pictures in full detail, all derived from the Apocalypse of John. They were painted between 1560 and 1564. I will only comment by biblical quotes. Aren’t the paintings just an illustration to the bible texts? Made in order to give the illiterate an image of the story that must be told. Like modern comic books or video films.
Schermafbeelding 2015-02-24 om 21.00.54I looked, and there before me was a pale horse! Its rider was named Death, and Hades was following close behind him.
Schermafbeelding 2015-02-24 om 20.59.27The second angel sounded his trumpet, and something like a huge mountain, all ablaze, was thrown into the sea. A third of the sea turned into blood, a third of the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed.
Schermafbeelding 2015-02-24 om 21.00.33
I watched as he opened the sixth seal. There was a great earthquake. The sun turned black like sackcloth made of goat hair, the whole moon turned blood red, and the stars in the sky fell to earth, as figs drop from a fig tree when shaken by a strong wind.
cloudAnd out of the smoke locusts came down on the earth and were given power like that of scorpions of the earth. When he opened the Abyss, smoke rose from it like the smoke from a gigantic furnace. The sun and sky were darkened by the smoke from the Abyss.

The locusts looked like horses prepared for battle. On their heads they wore something like crowns of gold, and their faces resembled human faces. Their hair was like women’s hair, and their teeth were like lions’ teeth. They had breastplates like breastplates of iron, and the sound of their wings was like the thundering of many horses and chariots rushing into battle. They had tails with stingers, like scorpions, and in their tails they had power to torment people for five months.

Bas Kamps

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3 Responses to 1683 – Inside Dionysiou

  1. gerard koolschijn says:

    well chosen nice pictures and ‘bible comment’!

  2. Ruth Karabina says:

    Wow,St.John vision is captured as for us to understand his way of communication.Thank you for sharing.

  3. Hans Overduin says:

    The mural of the opening of the sixth seal has always intrigued me. Looking at the ‘dropping stars’ you also can interpret this as the axis of the earth that is translocating. A prediction in some cultures. Can any astronomer please shed light on this issue ?

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