"Illuminating the End of Time - The Getty Apocalypse Manuscript" by Nigel J. Morgan

Illuminating the End of Time - The Getty Apocalypse Manuscript Nigel J. Morgan

Format:
Hardback
Publication date:
29 Nov 2012
ISBN:
9781606060711
Imprint:
Getty Publications
Dimensions:
180 pages: 322 x 230 x 28mm
Illustrations:
82 colour, 34 b&w illustrations, & 6 line drawings

This is a fascinating and gloriously illustrated exploration of this 13th-century English Apocalyptic manuscript. The visionary nature of the "Apocalypse" - the biblical book of "Revelation" - along with its detailed descriptions of the end of the world have long made it ideal for illustration. Illuminated texts of the "Apocalypse" were particularly popular in 13th-century England, and the copy in the collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum, with its lively narrative miniatures, stand as a testament to the artistic heights achieved during that period. In this richly illustrated book, all 82 of the manuscript's images are reproduced in colour for the first time, accompanied by a full commentary. A general introduction to the history of 13th-century English illustrated "Apocalypse" manuscripts is followed by a succinct study of the artistic context of the Getty's manuscript, as well as a consideration of its style and date.

Nigel Morgan is one of the world's leading authorities on English illuminated manuscripts of the Apocalypse. He is honorary professor of the history of art at the University of Cambridge and a fellow of Corpus Christi College.