The place of the women's convent as a centre for biblical study has been widely recognised in recent years as scholars have begun evaluating alternative modes of learning, such as vernacular reading, hearing and seeing. Vision has been specifically connected with biblical learning by women. While this aspect has been extensively studied in the case of continental convents, it has seldom been addressed by scholars of English religious women. This article examines the role of images in a relatively little studied Apocalypse manuscript, produced in England in the first quarter of the fourteenth century, the Pepys Apocalypse. Unlike the manuscript models used in its making, the Pepys Apocalypse does not contain a textual commentary. The designers of the manuscript responded to this difference by making some of the hidden meanings of Revelation visually explicit, thus offering the spiritual visions of St John the Divine as an optical experience.