Apocalyptic Procession from The Divine Comedy & Orlando Furioso by Matteo Maria Boiardo illustrated by Gustave Doré 1879
Apocalyptic Procession by Gustave Doré
The passages of the Bible are represented as figures, twenty-four old men represent the Old Testament; followed by an empty chariot, which represents the church, drawn by a griffin, traditionally taken as a representation of Christ.
The empty chariot is symbolised by the empty juggernaut, the griffin represented by Shaw who has her ID tag discovered in the juggernaught/ in the book they discover her Cross and journal.
The chariot surrounded by seven female figures representing four cardinal virtues and the three theological virtues, as well as by four figures who represent the four evangelists.
In the city you can see 4 statues situated around the open hangar containing the other juggernauts.
Following behind are the Acts of the Apostles, the Epistles of Paul, and the minor Epistles of James, Peter, John, and Jude. Trailing behind is:
“a lone old man, his features keen, advanced, as if in sleep” (Purg. 29.143-44).
This is the author of the Apocalypse, John. He is in a visionary trance, “asleep”, yet keenly sighted.
I believe John is paralleled to Captain Jacob Branson who ironically says he is “Burning Up” before he dies in his hypersleep chamber.
Orlando Furioso by Gustave Doré 1879
The poem is a continuation of Matteo Maria Boiardo’s Orlando Innamorato. Describing the journey of Charlemagne, the Franks and Orlando as they battle the Saracens. Ariosto composed the poem introducing narrative commentary and coining the term “humanism.” Focusing on the strengths and potential of humanity, rather than only upon its role as subordinate to God. Leading to Renaissance humanism.
I believe this strongly represents the underlying themes of Prometheus and Alien: Covenant. Focus on humanity and strength of the characters in the face of God(Faith) and Satan(Everything that goes wrong) and Nothingness(Atheism) in the future.
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