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Responsibility, Redemption And The Demise Of Death

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The fall of man was becoming steadily a more acceptable subject for visual expression. Two manuscripts of importance for the developments in the iconography of the fall in the second half of the twelfth century have disputed dates. The first of these is Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale lat. 8846. The other manuscript is Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale lat. 10434, dated by the Index of Christian Art. While the incidence of depictions of the fall grew in the second part of the twelfth century, the number of figures that can be firmly identified as death continued to decrease. This period sees no new versions of the illustrated Apocalypse, and the serpent at the foot of the cross almost disappears. The Paris manuscript differs greatly in style and artistic quality from the Amiens manuscript, but both show the same elements. Both give the essentials of fall, redemption and judgement.

Keywords: eternal death; Paris manuscript; redemption



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