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Leaf from a Beatus Manuscript: Christ in Majesty with Angels and the Angel of God Directs Saint John to Write the Book of Revelation

Date:
ca. 1180
Culture:
Spanish
Medium:
Tempera, gold, and ink on parchment
Dimensions:
Overall (folio): 17 1/2 x 11 13/16 in. (44.4 x 30 cm) Mat: 22 x 16 in. (55.9 x 40.6 cm)
Classification:
Manuscripts and Illuminations
Credit Line:
Purchase, The Cloisters Collection, Rogers and Harris Brisbane Dick Funds, and Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1991
Accession Number:
1991.232.3
  • Description

    Illustrated Beatus manuscripts bring to life an extraordinary vision of the end of the world, as recorded by Saint John in the Apocalypse (Book of Revelation) and filtered through the lens of Beatus of Liébana, an eighth-century Asturian monk. These manuscripts are unique to medieval Spain and a testament to the pervasive artistry and intellectual milieu of monastic culture there. The leaf shown here comes from a manuscript disassembled in the 1870s.

    In the lower register, the angel of God directs Saint John to write the Apocalypse (Book of Revelation): “The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to make known to his servants the things which must shortly come to pass: and signified by sending his angel to his servant John.” (Apocalypse 1:1)

  • Provenance

    From the Benedictine monastery of San Pedro de Cardeña, Burgos.; Victor Martin Le Roy , Neuilly-sur-Seine ; Jean-Joseph Marquet de Vasselot , Paris ; [ Alain Moatti , Paris (sold 1991)]

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