Expert to Give ‘Apocalypse Illuminated’ Lecture

  • September 7th, 2018
Dr. Richard K. Emmerson

Dr. Richard K. Emmerson, dean emeritus of the school of liberal arts at Manhattan College, will provide artistic insight into the imagery of the book of the apocalypse, also known as the biblical book of Revelation, during a public lecture, “Apocalypse Illuminated,” Sept. 11 at 6:30 p.m. in 205 Smith Hall.

Emmerson’s research focuses on medieval apocalypticism and its representation in art, drama and visionary poetry.

He has written more than 50 articles and has seven published books, including the “Antichrist in the Middle Ages: A Study of Medieval Apocalypticism, Art and Literature,” “The Apocalyptic Imagination in Medieval Literature” and “The Apocalypse in the Middle Ages.”

His most recent book, “Apocalypse Illuminated: The Visual Exegesis of Revelation in Medieval Manuscripts,” published in 2018, is a study of the 700-year history of medieval apocalypse manuscripts.

Dr. Richard Emmerson’s “Apocalypse Illuminated”

He is the former chair of art history at Florida State University and has served as deputy director of fellowships at the National Endowment of America for the Humanities and executive director of the Medieval Academy of America. He’s also been a fellow of the Medieval Academy and received the Medieval Academy Award for Excellence in Teaching Medieval Studies in 2009.

Emmerson’s lecture is part of the Visiting Artist and Scholar Lecture Series, sponsored by the department of art and art history, the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Continuing Studies.


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