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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

France 2010 - Day 12, Part 2 - Angers: Tapestry of the Apocalypse

"If the fans don't wanna come out to the ballpark, no one can stop 'em." - Yogi Berra

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France 2010
Day 12 - 13th October - Angers: Tapestry of the Apocalypse
(Part 2)

As previously mentioned, the Tapestry of the Apocalypse is the longest in the world. It illustrates scenes from the Book of Revelation, so naturally St John is in each scene. The style is a transition from Gothic-Flemish to Flemish-Realism.

Despite the traditional meaning of "apocalypse", here "apocalypse" refes to the Book of Revelation, and not the end of the world.

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Death (on a horse) goes after the lamb, Evangelist and Kings

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Christ with a sword in his mouth.

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Christ, the 4 Evangelists, 24 Kings
Christ is the only one who can open the 7 seals

The tapestry also had propaganda value, being made as it was during the Hundred Years War.

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Edward III as Satan opens the gates of hell with locusts

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The Black Prince (see the Ostrich Feather) killing 1/3 of the world's population

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Idol worship - Satan is the Dragon, and he's giving the sceptre to the Leopard Beast

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Witnesses resurrected by doves, the Dragon attacking the Child of the Virgin Mary (and an angel taking her away), Idol Worship


The tapestry was huge. It's one thing to read about these things and another to see them.

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The beasts performing miracles, for example making the sky rain blood

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People forced to worship the statue of the Lord Beast. If they do not, they are put to the sword

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Charles V of France harvesting: he is reaping the rewards of his reign (normally this would be Christ, crowned by God above, harvesting the souls of the just)

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Apparently I didn't take down notes for this bit. I will explain below.

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The Whore of Babylon is looking at herself in the mirror (notice the 'hideous' face that looks back)

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The Whore is astride the beast

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The Devil (and an English Man-at-Arms) is chased into the earth and sealed for 1,000 years

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An angel gives St John a golden cane at the End of the World


René I (1434–1480) became King of Jerusalem - even though the last Crusader Stronghold had been lost in 1291.
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