The Apocalypse Story

Apocalypse

The Apocalypse illuminations intended to convey the story with the accompanying texts, England and France, 1250-1260.

Morgan Library & Museum. "Medieval & Renaissance Manuscripts." Apocalypse, MS M.524 Fol. 17v - Images from Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts - The Morgan Library & Museum. Accessed April 05, 2018. http://ica.themorgan.org/manuscript/page/34/110814.

This manuscript is made on vellum. The whole manuscript looks like a story about apocalypse is narrated through illustrations and text which is in Latin. The book is forty-two pages long. The size of the manuscript is 10-3/4*7-3/4 inches. The story illustrated in the top right most likely looks like the first resurrection. Nude souls stand on top of men lying on the ground. There is man sitting higher on top of those laying on the ground. He looks like he has a halo around his head with the drapery of saints. His hand gestures are also drawn like saints. There are some men sitting on chairs on the right side of the image looks like they are discussing something from their hand gestures. The background inscriptions are in Latin. The text above the manuscript changes color in each line.

The bottom illustration shows another scene. In the bottom illustration, there are people with axes, spears and swords. Some are breaking the ground. There are flames pouring on the city and there is a three-headed dragon coming up from a hole in the ground. People are surrounded by a wall and look around like they are stranded. The colors mostly used in this manuscripts’ illustrations are cream, slightest of blue, green, and red. These were illustrated with the lowest amount of ink, or the colors have faded away. The most used colors are blue and red/orange. 

Morgan Library & Museum. "Medieval & Renaissance Manuscripts." Apocalypse, MS M.524 Fol. 17v - Images from Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts - The Morgan Library & Museum. Accessed April 05, 2018. http://ica.themorgan.org/manuscript/page/34/110814.

 

The Apocalypse Story