This exhibit explores the quest for salvation and the fear of lasting condemnation in the New Testament Book of Revelation through medieval and Renaissance objects produced after about 1100 C.E.
Theologians accepted the Book of Revelation as scripture in the fourth century C.E., inspiring subsequent painters, sculptors, and other artists to imagine what humanity’s fate might look like at the end of time. During the Middle Ages (roughly 400-1500 C.E.), artists joined with writers of textual commentaries to make sense of John’s mystifying yet captivating Apocalypse. These artworks attest to both historic prophecies and the apocalypticism that shapes our imagination today. Click below for a link to the virtual exhibition.