Thanks for your helpful response. I looked at Von Carolsfeld’s artwork and found it quite similar to Dore’s, several great, Michaelangelo-esque depictions of the Ancient of Days. So I just ordered one of his Bible art compilations which Dover also publishes. I also emailed Dover the publisher themselves about this question, about the Christ on Patmos picture which I pasted at the start of this thread, but however their response contradicts that it’s Carolsfeld, so I’ll just post it below since now I’m still confused.
Tracy_McDonald Tochrysoenlight@yahoo.com CCfjust2000@yahoo.com Dear Mr. Dale,
I am copying Felix Just on this reply, as he sent me an email regarding your Dore inquiry.
I am writing to let you know a website confirms it is Dore; many sites confirmed it was Dore’s, one of which is indicated below –
If I can help you with anything else, please contact me again at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I will be happy to assist you.
Customer Care Specialist
From: Jim Dale [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Friday, May 31, 2013 3:38 PM
Subject: [SPAM]Re: Thank You for Your Message to Dover
Dear Mrs. McDonald,
Thank you for the response. I’m pleased to hear it’s Dore as I originally thought. I’ll shortly describe to you my intent with these questions. Reading the Bible and going to church has influenced and benefited me, to the extent that I aspire to pastor a church someday. And, I feel as though, to study Christian art has certain healing properties to it. Dore’s art, I find to be quite beautiful, and find it frequently occurring to my mind’s eye. I remember that St. Ignatius of Loyola, in his Spiritual Exercises, mentions that being able to visualize the Bible is of great importance to spiritual meditation. In, addition, I feel as though my mind’s been very poisoned by TV, and find I often am burdened with evil seeming visualizations, which are often unconscious, which I desire to be cleansed from. So, I think that Dore’s art would be an excellent medium for being able to progress in these sorts of meditations. Revelation is perhaps my favorite book in the Bible, first one I read and even now it chills my bones. I had seen Dore’s art before and admired his technique, so one day, especially hankering to look at great Revelation artwork, I found myself thinking to myself, that Dore must have great Revelation artwork in his oeuvre. He surely does, though I was originally a little underwhelmed that he’d only produced six. But after discovering the additional seventh, which you’ve confirmed to be his, I’m particularly curious if others had been excluded from Dover’s volume, and if so, if you’d be able to point out where they are for me. I find the Vision of Christ on Patmos very beautiful, and am sad at the thought of there being other “hidden manna” of Dore’s artwork, particularly of the Bible.
From: Tracy_McDonald Tracy_McDonald@doverpublications.com
To: "firstname.lastname@example.org" email@example.com
Sent: Friday, May 31, 2013 1:53 PM
Subject: Thank You for Your Message to Dover
Dear Mr. Dale,
Thank you for contacting Dover Publications regarding John’s Vision of Christ on Patmos.
I am writing to let you know it is Dore, but we have no other information as to why it is not included in our editions.
If I can be of further assistance, please contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I will gladly respond.
Customer Care Specialist
I noticed how Von Carolsfeld was influenced by Durer in his artwork so I also picked up a few volumes by Durer. Can you recommend other artists who produced similarly outstanding Bible art, particularly of Revelation?