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The ultimate publication of the Bible, referred to as either Revelation and Apocalypse, prophesises what's going to ensue on the finish of time. through the heart a while, in a society which deeply believed in God and used to be customarily governed through non secular professionals, this subject has frequently been utilized in paintings. Its symbolic content material allowed for lots of various interpretations, utilizing quite a few sorts of help (tapestries, illuminations, sculpture, painting). This e-book swimming pools the main recognized items of artwork encouraged by way of this topic, akin to the Apocalypse material from Angers Cathedral, the carved tympanum of the Autun Cathedral, and the fresco in Albi Cathedral. The subject matter of the Apocalypse was once a way to provoke minds whereas additionally permitting artists to strengthen their imaginations. - See extra at:


Camille Flammarion (1842–1925) used to be a French astronomer and writer. In 1864 he released the leading edge Les Mondes imaginaires et les mondes réels (Imaginary Worlds and genuine Worlds). - See extra at:

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Bernard, a hermit of Thuringia, had taken these very words of Revelation as the text of his preaching, and in about the year 960 he publicly announced that the end of the world was at hand. The Last Judgement End of the 14th century Oil on wood mounted on canvas Musée des Arts décoratifs, Paris 60 61 He even fixed the fatal day itself, as that on which “The Annunciation” and Holy Friday should fall on the same day, a coincidence which occurred in 992. Druthmar, a monk of Corbie, prophesied the end of the world for 24 March 1000.

Trembling like leaves agitated by the wind, the faithful awaited the coming The Last Judgement (detail) Giotto di Bondone, 1302-1305 Fresco Capella degli Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua 46 47 judgement while preachers successfully maintained this dreaded fear which was so deeply rooted in every heart. But, as generation after generation passed, it became necessary to redefine, once again, the wide-spread theory, and it was around this time that the idea of a millennium took form in the minds of commentators.

The Last Judgement Giotto di Bondone, 1303-1305 Fresco Capella degli Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua 50 St Jerome and St Augustine did much to discredit these views, but did not attack the central doctrine of a resurrection. Comments about the apocalypse continued to flourish through the sombre darkness of the Middle Ages, and in the th 10 century the belief gained ground that the year 1000 was to usher in the great change. Christ in Glory Among the Saints or The Last Judgement Andrea di Cione Orcagna, 1354-1357 Fresco Cappella Strozzi, Santa Maria Novella, Florence 52 This conviction of an approaching end of the world, if not universal, was at least very general.

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