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Creator Nationality: European; Iberian; Spanish
Creator Name-CRT: Spanish
Title: Leaf from a Beatus Manuscript: Christ in Majesty with Angels and the Angel of God Directs Saint John to Write the Book of Revelation
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1170
Creation End Date: 1190
Creation Date: ca. 1180
Object Type: Books
Classification Term: Manuscripts & Illuminations
Materials and Techniques: Tempera, gold, and ink on parchment, metal leaf
Dimensions: 17 1/2 x 11 13/16 in. (44.4 x 30 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 1991.232.3
Credit Line: Purchase, The Cloisters Collection, Rogers and Harris Brisbane Dick Funds, and Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1991
"Beatus" manuscripts are illustrated commentaries on the Apocalypse, the biblical revelation to Saint John the Evangelist. A compilation of visionary texts, made in about 776 by the Asturian monk Beatus of Lièbana, it consists of passages from the Book of Revelation accompanied by interpretations cast as Christian allegories. This leaf comes from a Beatus manuscript disassembled in the 1870s. Other parts of the manuscript are divided among museums and libraries in Madrid and Girona.
The pictorial style of these manuscript pages is notable for the vibrant, dramatic color contrasts and the refined linear treatment of the figures and draperies. The illustrations, occasionally quite literal interpretations of the texts, partially reflect the earlier Mozarabic tradition of manuscript illumination. The banded backgrounds and certain architectural details also reflect this style.
AMICA ID: MMA_.1991.232.3
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights:
Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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