Beatus of Liébana - San Andrés de Arroyo Codex

Nouv. acq. lat. 2290 - Bibliothèque nationale de France (Paris, France)

Alternate Titles:

Arroyo Beatus - San Andrés de Arroyo Monastery Codex, Beato de Liébana, códice del Monasterio de San Andrés de Arroyo, Palencia, Beatus von Arroyo - Kodex des Klosters San Andrés de Arroyo, Beato di Arroyo -, Bibliothèque nationale de France, Parigi, Béatus de Arroyo - Codex du Monastère de San Andrés de Arroyo, Beato de Arroyo - Códice do Mosteiro de San Andrés de Arroyo

Facsimile edition
Our price (like new)
$ 5,875
Info / Order
Please log in!
Add to compare list
Please log in!
Add to wish list
Please log in!
Add to my stock

Codiology

Alternate Titles

Arroyo Beatus - San Andrés de Arroyo Monastery Codex
Beato de Liébana, códice del Monasterio de San Andrés de Arroyo, Palencia
Beatus von Arroyo - Kodex des Klosters San Andrés de Arroyo
Beato di Arroyo -
Bibliothèque nationale de France, Parigi
Béatus de Arroyo - Codex du Monastère de San Andrés de Arroyo
Beato de Arroyo - Códice do Mosteiro de San Andrés de Arroyo

Type
Extent / Format

334 pages / 45.7 x 30.0 cm

Origin
Date
Circa 1220
Style
Genre
Language
Patron

King Ferdinand III, Fernando III el Santo (1199-1252)

Illustrations

69 miniatures illuminated with gold and silver leaf

Short description

The San Andrés de Arroyo Codex is the newest codex from the series of Beatus manuscripts about the Apocalypse. The work originates from the scriptorium of a monastery near the Spanish city of Burgos ca. 1220. Its colorful miniatures are richly decorated with gold leaf and silver. The miniatures are painted in the Gothic style of illumination.

Facsimile editions available

Description

Beatus of Liébana - San Andrés de Arroyo Codex

The Book of Revelation, which is also known as the Apocalypse, is the last book of the New Testament. The story of the end of the world, of Judgement Day, of the sinners’ descent into hell, tremendously fascinated Christians from every land. A Spanish monk by the name of Beatus wrote a commentary on this book from the Bible, which was adapted over several centuries thereafter. The San Andrés de Arroyo Codex is a late edition of the manuscript by Beatus**. The work originated from the beginning of the 13th century and with its **69 miniatures decorated with gold and silver, it is an especially beautifully illustrated edition.

Who Was Beatus?

Beatus of Liébana was a monk and theologian, who belonged to the Monastery of Santo Toribio de Liébana in Spain. The monk is famous above all for his magnum opus, a commentary on the biblical Apocalypse in twelve books. These twelve books originate from ca. 776 and are known today as the Beatus-Series. The twelve books were adapted into countless manuscripts, many of which survive to this day. The majority of Beatus manuscripts originate from between the 10th and 12th centuries in northern Spain. Some more manuscripts were also produced after the heyday, the San Andrés de Arroyo Codex is one of them.

A Late Reception

The San Andrés de Arroyo Codex originates from ca. 1220 in the Monastery of San Pedro de Carden͂a in Spain. It was commissioned by King Ferdinand III of Castile. The Arroyo Codex is the newest of the Beatus manuscripts and contains a unique iconographic program. One of the work’s images shows a crowd of people on the Day of Judgement. The group is led by a royal couple and passes through the hell mouth. This type of picture was employed in the construction of Gothic church doors. The centuries-old tradition of the Beatus writings ended with the Arroya Codex.

Quick Search
Publisher
Show all options