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Contrasting Images of the Book of Revelation in Late Medieval and Early Modern Art
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Contrasting Images of the Book of Revelation in Late Medieval and Early Modern Art


Oxford University Press 2011

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Natasha O'Hear considers seven different visualizations from the book of Revelation across a range of different media—from illuminated manuscripts, to tapestries, to altarpieces, to woodcut prints. She features the work of such artists as Van Eycks, Memling, Botticelli, Durer, and Cranach the Elder. These seven visual case studies range in date from 1250 to 1522. O'Hear strives to understand the different ways in which images can be used to interpret a text, as opposed to simply reading the text. This book demonstrates the scope of visual exegesis in exploring the content and character of a biblical text such as Revelation, as well as the complementary relationship between textual and visual exegesis.

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Key Features

  • Presents a fresh approach to considering works of art
  • Offers a design that is easy to reference
  • Contains 43 images from or relating to Revelation


  • The Lambeth Apocalypse: The Thirteenth Century
  • The Angers Apocalypse Tapestry: The Fourteenth Century
  • The Ghent Altarpiece and the St. John Altarpiece: The Fifteenth Century
  • The Mystic Nativity: Botticelli and the Book of Revelation
  • A Time of Transition: Late Medieval and Early Modern Germany
  • Hermeneutical Reflections and Visual Exegesis

Product Details

  • Title: Contrasting Images of the Book of Revelation in Late Medieval and Early Modern Art
  • Author: Natasha F. H. O'Hear
  • Publisher:  Oxford University Press
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Pages: 304

About Natasha F. H. O'Hear

Natasha F. H. O'Hear teaches English at an inner city school in North London. Prior to this, she was a lecturer in theology at the University of Oxford.

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