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The Third Horseman of the Apocalypse
-the allegory of famine

Revelation of St. John, VI-5

“and when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and lo. And I beheld and see a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand”. (transfer by G. Seferis).

It is the duty of the Third Horseman to weigh the goods without affecting the oil and the wine, goods which the Christians use in their Sacraments and which must be in abundance. Black symbolizes the spiritual darkness in which faithless live in conditions of famine and poverty.

By artistic license the horse has become white, the negative of black.




220 cm x 180 cm


Oil on canvas


Private collection