There are few things I love more than a good book on the Judeo-Christian Apocalypse. I was raised in the Lutheran Faith (aka Catholic light) and I found myself loving the Book of Revelations when trying to avoid a droning sermon. There are few ideas less recreated in literature and film than the Apocalypse. In Picturing the Apocalypse from Natasha and Anthony O’Hear, readers are treated to an in-depth study of how art and literature have captured the imagination of anyone preparing for the events in the Book of Revelations.
The book carefully divides the Book of Revelations into 10 major themes. One of the strengths of this book is not just the over 120 images but the fact that it covers what the symbols and themes mean to both believers in the Christian Faith and those who do not believe. While many books on the subject tend to get a little too academic or preachy, The O’Hears do a great job of keeping the book entertaining for the general reader. I’m not saying take the book to the beach with you (I mean, unless you’re a hardcore Supernatural fan), but it won’t
Picturing the Apocalypse is perfect for Art History Majors and those interested in Theology and how religious texts and artwork have influenced our culture and history through the years.