Book of miracles

This is an ongoing series of paintings started in 2021, vaguely based on the 16th century Augsburg manuscript.

The Augsburg manuscript contains accounts and descriptions of miraculous signs that have been observed throughout history, starting in Old Testament times and continuing through Antiquity, the Middle Ages and Late Middle Ages right up to the middle of the 16th century.

The signs and miracles are interpreted to announce the Second Coming of Christ, the Last Judgement and the future kingdom of God. It contains miraculous signs not just from the time of the creation of humankind up to its own day but also those expected at the end of the world. With this series I want to continue the tradition and add a range of future social, political, mystical and humorous miracles to the series. These future miracles don’t lead up to the second coming of Christ, nor will they open the kingdom of God. With a little luck they show us glimpses of human nature and a world changing for, sometimes, the better.

All works are 30cm on 40cm, acrylic on wood.

(Source: The Book of Miracles, Joshua P. Waterman / Till-Holger Borchert. The Augsburg manuscript.)