Fine Arts

Apocalypse Now: Our Incessant Desire to Picture the End of the World

Jan van Eyck, Ghent Altarpiece, Saint Bavo Cathedral, c. 1430
Jan van Eyck, Ghent Altarpiece, Saint Bavo Cathedral, c. 1430

As is typical of our time, over the past few months, many newscasters have used the words apocalypse or apocalyptic to evoke the negative implications...




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