Book Series The Illustrated Beatus, vol. 2

The Illustrated Beatus:The Ninth and Tenth Centuries

John Williams

  • Pages: 386 p.
  • Size:235 x 335 mm
  • Language(s):English
  • Publication Year:2000

  • ISBN: 978-0-905203-92-8
  • Hardback
  • Available

This publication is the Catalogue Raisonné of the earliest surviving manuscripts of the tradition of the commentary on the Apocalypse, with reproductions of every illustration in these manuscripts.


Following the general introduction to the Beatus tradition covered by Volume I of this five-part publication, the present book catalogues and illustrates the seven earliest surviving Beatus Commentaries which range from the 9th to the 10th century, and for which the monastery of San Salvador de Tábara figures prominently as a place of production: The Silos Fragment, The Morgan Beatus, The Vitrina 14-1 Beatus, The Valladolid Beatus, The Tábara Beatus, The Girona Beatus, The Vitrina 14-2 Fragment. Each catalogue entry discusses the individual manuscript in depth, the location of production, the work of the outstanding - and often identifiable - illuminators and scribes, the manuscript’s codicology, and the currents of influence which find expression in these manuscripts: the pictorial vocabularies of the Mozarabic, Islamic and Carolingian worlds.