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Picturing the Apocalypse: The Book of Revelations in the Arts over Two Millennia

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The book of Revelation has been a source of continual fascination for nearly two thousand years. Concepts such as The Lamb of God, the Four Horsemen, the Seventh Seal, the Beasts and Antichrist, the Whore of Babylon, Armageddon, the Millennium, the Last Judgement, the New Jerusalem, and the ubiquitous angels of the Apocalypse have captured the popular imagination. One can ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published May 25th 2015 by Oxford University Press
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Jessica Strider
Jul 10, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: history
Pros: beautiful images, commentary on the images and the periods that produced them

Cons: repetition, very broad overview using a limited number of works, breaks 2000 years into 3 periods for discussion

[Note: The advanced reading copy of the book that I received for the purpose of this review did not include the colour plates. The authors give good descriptions of each photo and in most cases I was able to look the images up online.]

Picturing the Apocalypse breaks down the last book in the Bible,
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Eric Hoffman
Dec 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Book of Revelation, its title derived from the Koine Greek apokalypsis, meaning “revelation” or “unveiling,” the New Testament’s decidedly eschatological final book, allegedly composed by the Apostle John, the same disputed author as the equally Greek-tinged eponymous Gospel, has long haunted Western civilization. Modern scholarship points toward a different authorial source, namely John of Patmos, one of a number of Christian prophets who lived in Rome during its fall in AD 64 under the rei ...more
David Ely
Oct 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Really interesting overview of images linked to the book of Revelation. Only issue was visibility of some of the images. They were hard to see and the detail hard to make out.
Vince Darcangelo
Nov 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
http://ensuingchapters.com/2015/11/17...

Revelation is one of the most vivid works of literature ever etched into papyrus. It has inspired artists for nearly 2,000 years, stoking the fires of Michelangelo, Blake and Bosch and establishing the premise of countless bad horror films. In this impressive study, Natasha and Anthony O’Hear examine 120 works of art rooted in the closing chapter of the New Testament. The authors (a father-daughter tandem) breakdown the works into 10 different themes, incl
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Paul Taylor
Feb 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
90% of this book is a fantastic explanatory analysis of Art and the Apocalyse from the early Middle ages up to the middle of the 20th century. So why, why was the tenth chapter included? I will not dwell on the shortcomings of the 10th chapter it just should not have been included. If the book had been concluded after the first nine chapters this is a 5 star book.
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