IRIS - CHORNOBYL SYMBOLISM

"Nuremberg Chronicle Woodcuts" (see details), 1487 U Michael Walgemut (workshop of) Nuremberg, Germany

The above woodcut depicts omens fulfilled by the Chornobyl (Chernobyl in Russian) disaster. The rain of fire, poisoned waters negating the hopes offered by Iris, conjoined twins, and other malformations are real curses rained upon Ukraine. The Chornobyl disaster was not an accident but the result of failed manipulations by incompetent Soviet technocrats. Chornobyl in Ukrainian is Wormwood or Artemisia in Greek, a name for Star, Angel, and a bitter herb prominently cited in the Bible. 


"and the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star ... burning ...
it fell upon ... the fountains of waters ...
the star is called Wormwood ...
many men died of the waters because they were made bitter ..."
(Revelation 8:10) 
 

The above is one of many woodcuts illustrating the Nuremberg Chronicle printed in 1493 in Nuremberg as "Liber Chronicorum" that speaks of the Creation, the Deluge, and subsequent events. The publisher and printer was Anton Koberger, the godfather of Albrecht Durer. Koberger had printing presses in Nuremberg, Lyon, Budapest, and other locations. The woodcuts are by the workshop of Michael Walgemut and his stepson Wilhelm Pleydenwurff made in 1487-1478.

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