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The Doré Bible Illustrations

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Nowhere but in the Bible were dramatic textual material and the artistry of Gustave Doré more perfectly matched. The Book of Books seemed to unleash a new power of creation in Doré not apparent in his previous work. In the Creation scenes, the horrifying visions of the Flood, the battle sequences with their monumental crowds, the plates depicting the life of Jesus — many o ...more
Paperback, 241 pages
Published June 1st 1974 by Dover Publications (first published 1934)
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Dec 26, 2012 Frankie rated it liked it
Shelves: art
Doré did most of his work in the mid-19th Century, and though he was French and Catholic, preferred and often worked commissions for his Victorian neighbors in England. After the completion of the 241-plate Bible, he was criticized for his overuse of drama. This amazes me, since I can't think of a Biblical scene without an excess of drama. Doré's depictions are hardly embellished, if you read the source, but perhaps it's his excess of imagination which frightened critics. At any rate, these plat ...more
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Nov 27, 2016 Esdras rated it it was amazing
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This is just an incredible illustration book, I find the "fantasy" pieces more interesting than the others but overall this is just high class. The quality of the printing is also good, more on the grayscale but that's ok considering the kind of paper.

And this is just an assumption but I think this Dore's work in particular was a strong influence for the Jehovah's witness's (religious believes apart) books and magazines artworks from the 80's and 90's.
Gustave Dore's illustrations of the English Bible (1866). Two hundred and forty-one black & white illustrations from woodcuts, depicting many Biblical scenes and events, quite a few of which are graphic and gruesome. Below each illustration is the Bible verse or verses that the illustration represents. Excellent.
Sep 18, 2008 Diane rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: lovers of black & white Bible pictures
Shelves: christian-life
I bought this to make copies (post copyright material) and put affordable (i.e., cheap) prints on my wall with biblical themes. These are interesting illustrations with lots of action in every print-- sometimes a bit too much stimulation (violence), but some are compelling.
Mar 28, 2012 Kate added it
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hoorrayyy thank you free book shelf.
Jul 11, 2015 j_ay rated it liked it
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Some great pieces, many, while well executed, nothing special. But that is the fault of the source material. The Bible does not, in any way, deserve this much (or any) attention.
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your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams

-Acts 2:17
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The most popular and successful French book illustrator of the mid 19th century. Doré became very widely known for his illustrations to such books as Dante's Inferno (1861), Don Quixote (1862), and the Bible (1866), and he helped to give European currency to the illustrated book of large . He was so prolific that at one time he employed more than forty blockcutters. His work is characterized by a ...more
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