The Book of Miracles

In the year 1531, a bloody vision with a sword in its hand was seen in the sky near Strasbourg and in other parts, and opposite it a flaming citadel and an armed host on horseback. The Book of Miracles

The Book of Miracles that first surfaced a few years ago and recently made its way into an American private collection is one of the most spectacular new discoveries in the field of Renaissance art.

The nearly complete surviving illustrated manuscript, which was created in the Swabian Imperial Free City of Augsburg around 1550, is composed of 169 pages with large-format illustrations in gouache and watercolor depicting wondrous and often eerie celestial phenomena, constellations, conflagrations, and floods as well as other catastrophes and occurrences. It deals with events ranging from the creation of the world and incidents drawn from the Old Testament, ancient tradition, and medieval chronicles to those that took place in the immediate present of the book's author and, with the illustrations of the visionary Book of Revelation, even includes the future end of the world.

The Book of Miracles | Taschen Books
Hardcover with booklet in clamshell box, 32 x 21,5 cm
560 pages

The authors: Till-Holger Borchert, Joshua P. Waterman

Multilingual Edition: English, French, German
$ 150 | € 99,99 | £ 99.99

Availability: 11/2013