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Apocalypse Now – Artists Imaginations On ‘Judgment Day’


Forecast of ‘Judgment Day’ and end of humanity by an 89 year-old California evangelical broadcaster is indeed a flop; still followers are trying to explain about his failed pronouncement. But what about people who spent their almost all saving for spreading the message? For example, retired transportation agency worker Robert Fitzpatrick spent over $140,000 of his savings to spread the messaging, distributing posters and outdoor advertisements warning of the May 21 ‘Judgment Day.’

Judgment Day has had been a common imaginary claptrap from centuries and even a source of inspiration for artists throughout history. Many fantastic artistic marvels have depicted humanity’s last moments. Whether in the golden sunshine of Lorenzo Ghiberti's "Gates of Paradise" or in the snarls of damned wrestlers of William-Adolphe Bouguereau's "Dante and Virgil in Hell," imaginations of artists have etched in your mind.

Here we present 11 renowned paintings based on the theme of apocalypse.

Michelangelo's "The Last Judgment"   

English painter Thomas Cole's series on "The Course of Empire"  

Damien Hirst's "For the Love of God"

Spanish painter Francisco Goya's landmark portrayal

"The Dragon with Seven Heads"German painter Albrecht Dürer

"The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse," by Albrecht Dürer

Lorenzo Ghiberti's "Gates of Paradise,"

French engraver Gustave Doré's illustrated bible, "The Flood"

"Soft Construction with Boiled Beansby Spanish Surrealist, Salvador Dalí.

Collective Suicide by David Alfaro Siqueiros.

"Dante and Virgil in Hell," by William-Adolphe Bouguereau


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