Art of the Apocalypse



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Revelations (
Art of the Apocalypse)
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    The Four Horsemen and the Seven Seals    
    The Beasts, Antichrist, and the Women    
    Judgment Day    
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    A New Heaven and a New Earth    
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The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John: who bare record...

of all things that he saw

Revelation 1:1-2

The   Sealing of the Elect.
From Trinity Apocalypse, Anglo-Norman.
Trinity College Library, Cambrige, England



Write the things which thou has seen,
and the things which are,
and the things which shall be hereafter.

Revelation 1:19

Limbourg Brothers
Saint John on Patmos Contemplating the Vision of the Lamb Entroned,
the Four Beings, and the Twenty-four Elders.
From Les Tres Riches Heures du Duc de Berry.
Musee Conde, Chantilly, France




And there went out another horse that was red:
and power was given to him that sat thereon
to take peace from the earth,
and that they should kill one another:
and there was given unto him a great sword.

Revelation 6:4

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.
From Beatus of Liebana, Commentary on the Apocalypse.
Portuguese, 1189.
Arquivo Nacional da Torre do Tombo, Lisbon, Portugal






The First Four Seals: The Four Horsemen.
From Beatus of Liebana, Commentary on the Apocalypse.
Spanish, 1109.
The British Library, London, England


The Opening of the First Seal.
From Commentary on the Apocalypse.
Bruges, Belgium, 3d quarter of 15th century.
The Pierpont Morgan Library, New York, USA




And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, andlo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand.

Revelation 6:5

The Opening of the Third Seal.
From Commentary on the Apocalypse.
Bruges, Belgium,3d quarter of 15th century
The Pierpont Morgan Library, New York



And I loked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.

Revelation 6:8

Horseman of the Apocalypse Riding a Pale Horse.
From Lambeth Apocalypse.
English, c.1260
Lambeth Palace Library, London


Horseman of the Apocalypse on a Pale Horse Issuing from the Jaws of Hell.
From Apocalypse.
French, late 13th century.
Lambeth Palace Library, London



And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood.

Revelation 6:12

The Opening of the Sixth Seal: The Earthquake.
From Beatus of Liebana (d.798),
Commentary of Apocalypse.
Spanish, c.950.
The Pierpont Morgan Library, New York



And the seven angels which had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound.

Revelation 8:6


The seventh Seal: The Distribution of the Trumpets
to the Seven Angels
and The Altar Censed.
From Apocalypse Picture Book.
English, c. 1255-60
The Pierpont Morgan Library, New York



And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw
a star fall from heaven unto the earth:
and to him was given the key
of the bottomless pit.

Revelation 9:1

The Fifth Trumpet.
From  Lambertus, Liber Floridus.
Flemish, c. 1448
Musee Conde, Chantilly, France



Douce Apocalypse
c. 1270
Illumination on parchment
Bodleian Library, Oxford


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