Detail image of an illustrated Apocalypse manuscript.

Illustrating the Apocalypse

MDVL 6000
Spring 2014


In this advanced graduate seminar, we consider the Latin text of the Apocalypse, the commentary it engendered, and approaches medieval painters took toward illustrating its visionary text. The illuminated manuscript traditions of both early medieval Spain and Gothic England are examined.

The Apocalypse in the Middle Ages, ed. Emmerson and McGinn
The Seven Seals of the Apocalypse, trans. Gumerlock (purchase directly from Medieval Institute Publications--100E Walwood Hall--for the WMU community discount)

Prerequisites: none, but an elementary knowledge of Latin is assumed