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By Camille Flammarion

Si le texte évangélique de l’Apocalypse est une des thématiques les plus représentées en histoire de l’art, ce n’est pas tant pour faire allégeance au texte sacré que pour sa représentation : celle de l’humanité en tant que telle. Véritable mise à nu (selon l’étymologie grecque), l’Apocalypse ouvre au peintre les portes d’un miroir psychologique infini. Et de poser los angeles véritable query de sens, intrinsèque à toute situation humaine, celle de l’existence. C’est pourquoi des églises romanes jusqu’aux artistes contemporains tels que Bacon ou Cattelan, non sans oublier les Expressionnistes, ce livre revisite l’esthétique de los angeles souffrance à travers les plus beaux chefs-d’oeuvre.

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The reign of Nero used to be a bloody one, and martyrdom the typical end result of a virtuous existence. Prodigies seemed on each hand; there have been comets, falling stars, eclipses, showers of blood, monsters, earthquakes, famines, pestilences, The warfare in Heaven representation from “The Douce Apocalypse”, c. 1270 Illumination collage of Oxford, Bodleian Library, Oxford 28 29 and mainly, there has been the Jewish conflict and the destruction of Jerusalem. by no means, probably, have been such a lot of horrors, quite a bit cruelty and insanity, such a lot of catastrophes, crowded into so brief a interval as within the years 64-69 CE. The little church of Christ was once it seems that dispersed. It was once very unlikely to stay in Jerusalem. The horrors of the reign of The Dragon Delegates strength to the Beast Who Comes from the ocean representation from “The Douce Apocalypse”, c. 1270 Illumination college of Oxford, Bodleian Library, Oxford 30 31 terror of 1793 and of the Commune of 1871 have been not anything compared to these of the Jewish civil struggle. The Jesus’ relations used to be obliged to go away the Holy urban and to hunt security in flight. fake prophets seemed, therefore verifying former prophecies. Vesuvius was once getting ready the bad eruption of the yr seventy nine CE, and already, in sixty three CE, Pompeii have been destroyed by means of an earthquake. The fake Prophet Rises from the Earth, Calls Down fireplace and Orders the Worship of the Beast representation from “The Douce Apocalypse”, c. 1270 Illumination college of Oxford, Bodleian Library, Oxford 32 33 There was once each indication that the tip of the area used to be handy. not anything was once short of. The Apocalypse introduced that Jesus could descend on a throne of clouds and the martyrs may upward push first. The Angel of Mercy could watch for God’s command. yet a peaceful the typhoon. The poor Jewish struggle got here to an finish; Nero fell sooner than The Dragon, who's devil, Comes Forth back representation from “The Douce Apocalypse”, c. 1270 Illumination college of Oxford, Bodleian Library, Oxford 34 35 Galba; below Vespasian and Titus, peace, within the 12 months seventy one CE succeeded battle, and – the tip of the realm nonetheless didn't come to move. once again, it turned essential to reinterpret the phrases of the evangelists. the arriving of Christ used to be cast off till after the autumn of the Roman Empire, and hence significant margin was once given to the commentator. a company trust in a last or even an The Infernal Chaos round devil Atributted to Coppo di Marcovaldo, c. 1270 Mosaic Battistero di San Giovanni, Florence 36 37 imminent disaster endured, however it was once embedded in imprecise phrases, which robbed the spirit in addition to the letter of the prophecy of all precision. nonetheless, the conviction remained. St Augustine devotes the twentieth ebook of the town of God (426) to the regeneration of the realm, the resurrection, the final judgement, and final Judgement (tympanum, west portal, aspect) Gislebertus, c. 1120-1135 Cathédrale Saint-Lazare, Autun 38 the New Jerusalem; within the twenty first ebook he describes the eternal torments of hell-fire. A witness to the autumn of Rome and the Empire, the Bishop of Carthage believed those occasions to be the 1st act of the drama.

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