The Whore of Babylon from Martin Luther's Bible

Book Title: Biblia : das ist, die gantze heylige Schrifft : Deudsch. Auffs new zugericht / D. Mart. Luth.

Author: Luther, Martin, 1483-1546

Image Title: The Whore of Babylon from Martin Luther's Bible

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Description: The “Whore of Babylon” image is from Martin Luther's (1483-1546) Complete Bible of 1550. It is based on Revelation chapter 17. A harlot sits on a beast with seven heads and ten horns (v 17:3), decked with precious stones and pearls, with a golden cup in her hand full of abominations (v 17:4). She is drunk (v 17:6) and a king (v 17:10) worships her along with others kneeling before her. The tiara on the harlot's head was a triple tiara (representing the Pope) in the September Testament of 1522, but has been carved down to a single tiara. The image is by Lucas Cranach the Elder (1472-1553), a close friend of Luther. .

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