Apocalypse and Last Judgment around the Year 1000

Yves Christe

in The Apocalyptic Year 1000

Published in print June 2003 | ISBN: 9780195161625
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849666 | DOI:
Apocalypse and Last Judgment around the Year 1000

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Around the year 1000, one encounters in the iconography of divine visions, something new: something that betrays at the least some new preoccupations and even a change in attitude with regard to representations of the present or future glory of God. Although the extant documents are rare, dispersed, and often riddled with lacunae, it seems that a reexamination of the Last Judgment and the illustrated Apocalypse cycles from these several decades might shed some new light on the matter. In this regard, the sixty-four verses that remark upon the lost decor of Saint-Pierre de Fleury constitute an exceptional testimony in that they reveal a close connection between a depiction of the Last Judgment and some narrative descriptions of the Apocalypse. Concurrently, the contemporary cycle preserved in the baptistery of Novara suggests a different approach. Essentially, this cycle was conceived so as to eschew this book's representation of the end of time and the Last Judgment.

Keywords: year 1000; God; Last Judgment; Apocalypse; Saint-Pierre de Fleury; baptistery; cycles

Chapter.  8893 words. 

Subjects: East Asian Religions

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