Abstract and figurative elements of the Apocalypse and its representations

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Barberis-Page, Irene (2000) Abstract and figurative elements of the Apocalypse and its representations. PhD thesis, Victoria University.


The purpose of this thesis is to open a doorway onto works of art produced by me. The Book of Revelation has influenced my thought and art. This thesis talks about how the works were produced and how I believe they relate to Revelation. In Chapter One I discuss the text of Revelation, its provenance and meanings, and in general terms how it has been received in the world. In Chapter Two I combine an account of my own research visit to libraries, museums and sites of relevant works depicting The Apocalypse, with a discussion of some of the different visual responses to this book over the centuries. In Chapter Three I endeavor to suggest my own partly visual "reading" of Revelation, particularly responding to archetypes and symbols, and leadmg to a number of ideas of the abstract and figurative. In Chapter Four, I discuss the Works of Art produced as the major outcome of this project, in terms of process, content and interaction with The Book of Revelation.

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Full-text of thesis and accompanying book (titled "Saying it with flowers") is available in print from the Library.

Item type Thesis (PhD thesis)
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/15747
Official URL http://library.vu.edu.au/record=b1435628
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 2204 Religion and Religious Traditions
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Communication and the Arts
Historical > FOR Classification > 1905 Visual Arts and Crafts
Keywords Bible, New Testament, Relevations, apocalypse, imagery, religious art, Christianity, symbolism, art
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