Renaissance ‘Book of Miracles’ shows gruesome visions of the apocalypse

(CNN) These days, we accept eclipses, meteor showers, plagues and unseasonable weather to become natural phenomena, easily explained aside by science. But during the a lot more religious and superstitious Renaissance time period, these phenomena were often regarded as signs from God.

Went out with to the mid 16th century, this “gives spectacular expression to sixteenth-century Europe’s ever-increasing concern for remarkable signs sent from God, inch co-author Joshua P. Waterman produces in its introduction.
“The preoccupations that the existing manuscript reflects were by no means unparalleled. They built upon traditions associated with omens and prophecy reaching returning to Classical Antiquity and the Bible. inch

Outside of the merely unusual, the book delves into the really impossible, dedicating substantial pages in order to freakish creatures, including a head of flying crowned dragons along with a raging seven-headed sea monster. A few scenes, such as Noah’s Ark prior to the mythical flood, are taken from the Testament and local folklore.

The last, more gruesome section was drawn from the Bible’s apocalyptic Book associated with Revelations, which remains a popular source of inspiration today.