It’s the end of the world as we know it. At least, this was the theme that took center stage in the Biblical Book of Revelation and the Apocalypse of John, compelling generation after generation into religious devotion. The notion of the end of days as it was understood during the Middle Ages serves as the central thematic thread of Apocalypse, available now on Musebooks.

Examining the array of imagery over the course of the Middle Ages that references this end of the world, Apocalypse shows the reader that such visual reminders were designed to spur deeper thinking. At the same time, this narrative called upon artists to tap into their own imaginations to conjure a world at its very end, a fate no one wished to see but which made perfect fodder for the manifestation of demonic figures, nightmarish figures, and symbolic references. Turn the pages of Apocalypse and capture a glimpse of how the medieval world imagined this end of days through a remarkable survey of examples that range in style and media.