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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 l. a. véritable query de sens, intrinsèque à toute 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 l. a. souffrance à travers les plus beaux chefs-d’oeuvre.

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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 continued, 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 town of God (426) to the regeneration of the realm, the resurrection, the final judgement, and final Judgement (tympanum, west portal, element) 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. however the nation of God could proceed for one thousand extra years sooner than the increase of devil. final Judgement (tympanum), Bourges Cathedral c. 1270 Sculpture Cathédrale Saint-Étienne de Bourges, Bourges forty 41 St Gregory, Bishop of excursions (573), the 1st historian of the Franks, begun his background as follows: As i'm approximately to narrate the wars of the kings with adverse countries, i think impelled to claim my trust. the phobia with which males anticipate the top of the realm comes to a decision me to chronicle the years already handed, final Judgement, Christ Enthroned c. 1270 Sculpture Cathédrale Saint-Étienne de Bourges, Bourges forty two 43 that therefore one may possibly be aware of precisely what number have elapsed because the starting of the realm. The saviour had come to carry mankind. What was once he looking forward to, transportation to Heaven? This Christian culture used to be perpetuated 12 months on yr and century on century, regardless of The Demons Are solid out of Arezzo (detail) Giotto di Bondone, 1296-1297 Fresco Basilica San Francesco d’Assisi, Assisi forty four nature’s facts on the contrary. each disaster, earthquake, epidemic, famine, and flood, each phenomenon, eclipse, comet, hurricane, surprising darkness, and tempest, used to be considered as the forerunner and bring in of the ultimate cataclysm. Trembling like leaves agitated by means of the wind, the trustworthy awaited the arrival The final Judgement (detail) Giotto di Bondone, 1302-1305 Fresco Capella degli Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua forty six 47 judgement whereas preachers effectively maintained this dreaded worry which was once so deeply rooted in each middle. yet, as iteration after iteration handed, it grew to become essential to redefine, once more, the usual concept, and it was once round this time that the assumption of a millennium took shape within the minds of commentators. there have been many sects The final Judgement 14th century Illuminated manuscript forty eight 49 which believed that Christ may reign with the saints on the earth one thousand years ahead of the Day of Judgement. St Irenus, St Papias, and St Sulpicius Severus shared this trust, which grew to become exaggerated and overblown within the minds of many that appeared ahead to an afternoon of normal rejoicing for the go with and a reign of delight. The final Judgement Giotto di Bondone, 1303-1305 Fresco Capella degli Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua 50 St Jerome and St Augustine did a lot to discredit those perspectives, yet didn't assault the vital doctrine of a resurrection.

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