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PICTURING THE APOCALYPSE: THE BOOK OF REVELATION IN THE ARTS OVER TWO MILLENNIA. Natasha O'Hear and Anthony O'Hear. Oxford University Press, 2015. 388 pp. with 121 ills. (53 col.). 24 x 16 cm. LC 2014-956593 ISBN 9780199689019 In English.
Publisher's description: 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 hardly open a newspaper or click on a news site without reading about impending financial or climate-change Armageddon, while the concept of the Four Horsemen pervades popular music, gaming, and satire. Yet few people know much about either the basic meaning or original context of these concepts or the multiplicity of different ways in which they have been interpreted by visual artists in particular. The visual history of this most widely illustrated of all the biblical books deserves greater attention. This book fills these gaps in a striking and original way by means of ten concise thematic chapters which explain the origins of these concepts from the book of Revelation in an accessible way.
Indexing: Western, Europe, International (Western Style) — Several Periods — Painting, Several Media
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 169703
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