De Vier Ruiters Van De Apocalyps
(The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse )
This work is based on the biblical story of the four horsemen of the apocalypse as described in the Book of Revelations and aims to portray the dispute between good and evil in an entirely symbolic way.
In it the Knights of the Apocalypse are sitting all four together on the back of what appears to be common horses but on closer inspection are also sat upon a fire breathing dragon. One of the dragon’s two tails has pierced the eye of God, and the other is pushing to make peace (PAX). The legs of the dragon form a large wheel that moves on the water below as well as representing the dragon’s fireball.
Behind the dragon at the bottom we have the sign of earth, which is composed out of solid stable ground.
The flowing lines that connect the four shields of the Knights indicates the movement of the horses.
Each of the knights’ horses has a wheel instead of legs and the dragon has a large shield to protect itself. The four swords of the knights are drawn vertically upwards indicating that they are ready to attack.
Knight 1 sits upon the white horse who represents good. He has the suit of hearts (as of playing cards) on his shield, and the sign of earth below his torso where his leg should be. On the top of his head is the bow which he uses to shoot arrows in the eye of the devil, symbolised by the three circles, to combat evil.
Knight 2 rides the red horse who represents the resolution of conflicts. He has the suit of clubs on his shield and the sign of water below him. Above his head are the cannonballs to settle disputes.
Knight 3 sits astride the yellow horse representing the daily activities and balance in society. He has the suit of diamonds on his shield which stands for good food and a long and happy life. Below him is the symbol for air representing a carefree life. On top of his head is a scale which represents a balanced life and good relations.
Knight 4 rides the black horse representing battle and war. The sign of his shield is spades which stands for war. Below him is the mythical sign for fire. His sword is in the attack position, suggesting that he is responsible for the injury to the eye of God.