The Book of Miracles

Newly uncovered illustrations from the Renaissance depicting the creation of the world and incidents drawn from the Old Testament feature in a new publication named the Book of Miracles.

An illustration from the Book of Miracles

Newly uncovered illustrations from the Renaissance depicting the creation of the world and incidents drawn from the Old Testament feature in a new publication named the Book of Miracles.

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The complete surviving illustrated manuscript, which was created in the Swabian Imperial Free City of Augsburg around 1550, includes 169 pages of gouache and watercolor illustrations depicting constellations, conflagrations and floods, as well as other catastrophes.

Featuring surprisingly modern-looking and sometimes hallucinatory illustrations, the book offers an insight into the concerns and anxieties of the 16th century.

The Book of Miracles, curated by Till-Holger Borchert and Joshua P Waterman, is published by TASCHEN. To find out more, click here.

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(All images © TASCHEN)

An illustration from the Book of Miracles
An illustration from the Book of Miracles
 
An illustration from the Book of Miracles
An illustration from the Book of Miracles
An illustration from the Book of Miracles
An illustration from the Book of Miracles
An illustration from the Book of Miracles
An illustration from the Book of Miracles
An illustration from the Book of Miracles
An illustration from the Book of Miracles