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The ultimate ebook of the Bible, known as either Revelation and Apocalypse, prophesises what is going to ensue on the finish of time. throughout the center a long time, in a society which deeply believed in God and used to be more often than not governed by means of spiritual experts, this subject matter has usually been utilized in artwork. Its symbolic content material allowed for plenty of various interpretations, utilizing quite a few forms of help (tapestries, illuminations, sculpture, painting). This ebook swimming pools the main well-known items of paintings encouraged by means of this subject matter, resembling the Apocalypse material from Angers Cathedral, the carved tympanum of the Autun Cathedral, and the fresco in Albi Cathedral. The subject of the Apocalypse used to be a way to provoke minds whereas additionally permitting artists to advance their imaginations. - See extra at:


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

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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. There were many sects The Last Judgement 14th century Illuminated manuscript 48 49 which believed that Christ would reign with the saints on Earth a thousand years before the Day of Judgement. St Irenus, St Papias, and St Sulpicius Severus shared this belief, which became exaggerated and overblown in the minds of many who looked forward to a day of general rejoicing for the elect and a reign of pleasure.

Every catastrophe, earthquake, epidemic, famine, and flood, every phenomenon, eclipse, comet, storm, sudden darkness, and tempest, was regarded as the forerunner and herald of the final cataclysm. 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.

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. Several charters of the period began with Termino mundi appropinquante – the end of the world drawing near.

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