The publication of Revelation has been a resource of continuous fascination for almost thousand years. strategies similar to the Lamb of God, the 4 Horsemen, the 7th Seal, the Beasts and Antichrist, the Whore of Babylon, Armageddon, the Millennium, the final Judgement, the recent Jerusalem, and the ever-present angels of the Apocalypse have captured the preferred mind's eye. you could not often open a newspaper or click a information website with out examining approximately imminent monetary or climate-change Armageddon, whereas the concept that of the 4 Horsemen pervades renowned tune, gaming, and satire. but few humans comprehend a lot approximately both the fundamental which means or unique context of those techniques or the multiplicity of alternative ways that they've been interpreted via visible artists specifically. The visible heritage of this most generally illustrated of all of the biblical books merits better attention.
This booklet fills those gaps in a extraordinary and unique method through ten concise thematic chapters which clarify the origins of those techniques from the booklet of Revelation in an obtainable method. those motives are augmented and built through a delicately chosen pattern of the ways that the recommendations were taken care of by means of artists during the centuries. The one hundred twenty visible examples are drawn from a variety of time sessions and media together with the ninth-century Trier Apocalypse, thirteenth-century Anglo-Norman Apocalypse Manuscripts corresponding to the Lambeth and Trinity Apocalypses, the fourteenth-century Angers Apocalypse Tapestry, fifteenth-century Apocalypse altarpieces by way of Van Eyck and Memling, Dürer and Cranach's sixteenth-century Apocalypse woodcuts, and extra lately more than a few works by way of William Blake, J.M.W. Turner, Max Beckmann, in addition to movie posters and movie stills, cartoons, and kid's ebook illustrations. the ultimate bankruptcy demonstrates the continued resonance of the entire issues in modern non secular, political, and well known considering, whereas in the course of the ebook a distinction might be drawn among these readers of Revelation who've obvious it by way of earthly revolutions within the right here and now, and those that have followed a extra religious, other-worldly approach.