The Illustrated Beatus: The Eleventh and Twelfth Centuries

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This is the fourth in the series of catalogues that present detailed descriptions and complete cycles of illustrations of all existing manuscripts of the Commentary on the Apocalypse written by the eight-century Spanish monk Beatus. The entire corpus, which spans the ninth to the thirteenth century, constitutes the greatest single tradition of Apocalyptic imagery in the Middle Ages. The manuscripts catalogued here are from the eleventh and twelfth centuries: the Silos Beatus in London; the Corsini Beatus in Rome;the Turin Beatus; the Osma Beatus; the Leon Fragment and the Berlin Beatus. All illustrations in these six manuscripts are reproduced, and each catalogue entry discusses the location of production, the work of the outstanding illuminators and scribes, as well as details of codicology. A short introduction places the manuscripts in their historical context and analyses the style of miniatures. The volume includes an exhaustive Bibliography, relevant Tables, and Index.
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Times Literary Supplement
These volumes are produced, as one would confidently expect from Harvey Miller Publishers, to a very high standard... John Williams makes a substantial contribution to an overdue appreciation of the creative achievement of the kingdoms of Northern Spain in the Early Middle Ages.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780905203942
  • Publisher: Brepols Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/1/2002
  • Series: Illustrated Beatus Series, #4
  • Pages: 356
  • Product dimensions: 9.16 (w) x 13.16 (h) x 1.33 (d)

Meet the Author

John Williams

John Williams (1922-1994) was born and raised in northeast Texas. Despite a talent for writing and acting, Williams flunked out of a local junior college after his first year. He reluctantly joined the war effort, enlisting in the Army Air Corps, and managing to write a draft of his first novel while there. Once home, Williams found a small publisher for the novel and enrolled at the University of Denver, where he was eventually to receive both his B.A. and M.A., and where he was to return as an instructor in 1954.

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