Chapter

The <i>Angers Apocalypse Tapestry</i>

Natasha O'Hear

in Contrasting Images of the Book of Revelation in Late Medieval and Early Modern Art

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780199590100
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191725678 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199590100.003.0003

Series: Oxford Theological Monographs

The Angers Apocalypse Tapestry

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Chapter 2 presents and analyses the Angers Apocalypse Tapestry (c. l373–80) (hereafter Angers) as a large‐scale example of medieval visual exegesis of the Book of Revelation. The motivation of the tapestry's patron. Louis I of Anjou, in commissioning this huge tapestry is discussed as are its possible contemporary uses and parallel tapestries. Its iconographical influences and particularly the influence of the Burckhardt‐Wildt Apocalypse manuscript are also considered. The exegetical innovations of the tapestry with regard to its handling of the source‐text, and in particular its extensive visual focus on the John figure make up the second half of the chapter. The scale of the tapestry and the physicality of the viewing experience remain a focus throughout.

Keywords: Angers; Louis I of Anjou; tapestry; Barkhardt Wildt Manuscript; John; large‐scale; physicality

Chapter.  12943 words. 

Subjects: History of Christianity

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