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Münster Cathedral: John the Evangelist

John the Evangelist

Detail of Münster Cathedral's magnificent astronomical clock, made in 1540-43. The beautifully painted face of the astronomical clock includes the symbols of the Four Evangelists in the corners. Each holds a scroll with a Latin verse that mentions aspects of the clock while also representing four phases in the life of Christ. The scroll of the winged man (Matthew) reads: "Behold there came wise men from the east" (Incarnation); the winged ox (Luke): "There was a darkness over all the earth (Crucifixion); the winged lion (Mark): "They came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun (Resurrection); the eagle (John): "Are there not twelve hours in the day?" (Ascension).

Credit: Holly Hayes