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Picturing the apocalypse : the book of Revelation in the arts over two millennia

Author: Natasha O'Hear; Anthony O'Hear
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2015. ©2015
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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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 hardly open a newspaper or click on a news  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Illustrated works
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Natasha O'Hear; Anthony O'Hear
ISBN: 9780199689019 0199689016
OCLC Number: 915942069
Awards: Winner of Winner of the ACE/Mercers' Book Award 2017.
Description: xx, 333 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), facsimiles (some color) ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. The Angel of the Apocalypse: John's Journey and his Angelic Guides --
2. The Lamb --
3. The Four Horsemen --
4. The Seven Seals: Angelic Destruction --
5. The Woman Clothed with the Sun --
6. The Satanic Trinity --
7. The Whore of Babylon --
8. Armageddon, the Millennium, and the Last Judgement --
9. The New Jerusalem --
10. The Apocalypse in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries: A Survey of Different Approaches to Revelation in the Arts and Popular Culture.
Responsibility: Natasha O'Hear and Anthony O'Hear.

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An original introduction to the book of Revelation through the use of art history, with attention also given to the reception of the text in music, literature, and popular culture.  Read more...

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