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Vendange Divine:Divine Vintage


I was captivated by the image featured in today’s post.  At first I did not know what the picture symbolized with the man harvesting grapes, two devilish beasts trodding the grapes, and wine flowing to a pair of horses.  The wine itself is an orange color compared to the red background in the left-half of the image.  Most of the images I review in books, photographic archives, and blogs are all very practical with their exhibits of pruning, a winemaker in a vineyard, or barrels resting in a cellar.  Though a divine image there are practical aspects to it: the two harvesting knives and the pole to support those crushing the grapes.  Fabulous!

Ange sortant du Temple et Ange tenant le feu de l'autel ordonnant la vendange divine. Vendange divine. 1220-1270. [1]

Ange sortant du Temple et Ange tenant le feu de l’autel ordonnant la vendange divine. Vendange divine. 1220-1270. [1]

“And another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle.  And another angel came out from the altar, which had power over fire; and cried with a loud cry to him that had the sharp sickle, saying, Thrust in thy sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe.  And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God.  And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs.”


[1]  Bibliothèque municipale de Toulouse, Ms 815 – fol. 034v. URL: http://numerique.bibliotheque.toulouse.fr/cgi-bin/superlibrary?a=d&d=/ark:/74899/B315556101_MS0815_034V
[2] From “The Harvest of the Earth” Revelations 14. BibleHub. URL: http://biblehub.com/revelation/14.htm

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