THE APOCALYPSE

Dürer’s Apocalypse series chronicles the end of the world as foretold in the Book of Revelation, the last section of the Christian Bible. The fifteen prints included in the Apocalypse series are teeming with monsters, devils, angels, and saints drawn from the artist’s fertile imagination. Originally published as a book in 1498, two years before a new century dawned, these woodcuts echoed the anxieties of a generation at a time when prophesies of impending doom circulated widely. Today, these prints retain their dramatic impact, exploring both the real and the unreal, giving visible form to religious anxieties and some of the monstrous beasts that dwell in the gothic recesses of our minds.

Albrecht Dürer, The Beast with Two Horns Like a Lamb from The Apocalypse, c. 1496–97.  © Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA

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