Apocalyptic Art for the 2012 End of Days

As we approach the New Year, the countdown to the End of Times has already begun, so, you know, chop chop — start prepping! Or praying, depending on which version of events you subscribe to. But first, let’s take a short survey of various apocalyptic visions in art history and today’s contemporary art and illustration. Whether grounded in biblical belief, Hollywood disaster film hysteria, or modern fears of a nuclear war, get ready for a year of enthusiastic resurgence of the “End of the World” motif because December 21, 2012 is only 360 days and 10 hours — to the minute! — away.


Image credit: Pieter Bruegel the Elder, The Triumph of Death, c. 1562, oil on panel, 117 cm × 162 cm (46 in × 63.8 in), Courtesy Museo del Prado, Madrid

It’s the ultimate End of Days panorama, from armies of skeletons wreaking havoc on the chaotic, barren, burning landscape akin to a modern disaster film, only you know, in the sixteenth century.