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Contrasting Images of the Book of Revelation in Late Medieval and Early Modern Art: A Case Study in Visual Exegesis

Natasha F. H. O'Hear


This study is firstly, a contribution to the history of interpretation of the Book of Revelation in the Late Medieval and Early Modern period in the form of seven visual case studies ranging from 1250 to 1522. Secondly, it is an attempt to understand the different ways in which images exhibit hermeneutical strategies akin to what is found in textual exegesis, but with those peculiar properties of synchronicity of both subject‐matter and effect that separate them off from the experience of leading a text. Thirdly, therefore, it explores the multi faceted character of visual exegesis as a way of ... More

Keywords: Book of Revelation, Late Medieval, Early Modern, case studies, hermeneutical strategy, visual exegesis, textual exegesis, synchronicity, subject‐matter, complementary

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199590100
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199590100.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Natasha F. H. O'Hear, author
Formerly Junior Research Fellow, Worcester College, University of Oxford