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The visionary nature of the Apocalypsethe biblical book of Revelationalong 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 thirteenth century England, and the copy in the collections of the J Paul Getty Museum, with its lively narrative miniatures, stands as a testament to the artistic heights achieved during that period In this richly illustrated book, all eighty two of the manuscripts images are reproduced in color for the first time They are accompanied by a full commentary A general introduction to the history of thirteenth century English illustrated Apocalypse manuscripts is followed by a succinct study of the artistic context of the Gettys manuscript, as well as a consideration of its style and date The rest of the commentary is devoted to a stylistic and iconographic analysis of the manuscripts images there is also a complete translation of the text

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