Remarkable for being the first European book to be both designed and published by an artist, the daring artistic conception and extensive circulation of Dürer's Apocalypse made it one of the most powerful graphic achievements in the history of Western Art. Condensing complex Biblical verses into a small number of scenes of great dramatic power, the illustrations are revolutionary both in approach and technique. By using a sophisticated blend of visionary invention and contemporary dress and landscape, such as basing the robe of the Whore of Babylon in Plate XIV on his own studies of Venitian dress made in 1495, Dürer masterpiece recieved instant acclaim. As a series their importance on future iconography was tremendous: Plate XI, St Michael fighting the Dragon was frequently used independently of the series as an illustration of the victory of Christianity over evil. Above all, The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, certainly the most celebrated image from the series, became a key source for the depiction of images of war and destruction.