The Illustrated Beatus: The Eleventh and Twelfth Centuries

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Overview

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. 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. "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 achieve- ment of the kingdoms of Northern Spain in the Early Middle Ages." (Times Literary Supplement) "This is a book that every specialist and every research lirary must own." (L.G. Freeman in American Academy of Reasearch Historians on Medieval Spain Newsletter) "The present volume reproduces six copies (Osma, Turin, Silos, Corsini, Leon and Berlin) made in the eleventh and twelfth centuries. It maintains the quality standards set in the first three volumes, including informative background material Williams has heretofore provided. Many of the illustrations are drawn from manuscripts that have never before been published. It offers rich insights into the art and life of these centuries, extraordinarily valuable for historians of art and theology, and is strongly recommended." (J. F. Powers in Choice)
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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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