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Beatus of Liébana - Burgo de Osma Codex Facsimile Edition

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The author, who was possibly born in 730 and died towards 798, was probably abbot of the San Martín de Liébana Monastery, chaplain of Osinda, wife of Silo - king of Asturias from 755 to 783 - and who spiritually modelled the Spain of the VIII century.

A world of unimaginable terror

The characteristic era of these centuries, with their particular way of life, refined, full of terror, magic and fearful visions, all of which may be found among the pages of these works.

The comment which is made in the Beatos about Saint John’s Apocalypse, contains a prophetic orientation, distanced from the evangelist concept of that Saint: rather than predicting the future offers us the terror of punishment.

The art of the book

The Beato of the Burgo of Osma, according to several places in the codex, was written by the cleric Pedro and illustrated by Martino in 1086. There are scenes with floral decorations which appear to be hellenistic. Others, pre-Roman or Carolingian, without forgetting the traditional autoctonous. The illustrating artist, is a classicist, of occidental and contemporary esthetics. It is linked to the first Beato of the National Library, with that of the Escorial and with that of San Millán. The colour is bright, with intense backgrounds, reds, yellows or greens. Outstanding as the most beautiful of all the illustrations is that of the Saviour on horseback, accompanied by other saints. The drawing is exquisite, with a line elegance which enlarges and ripples the shapes.

We have 2 facsimiles of the manuscript "Beatus of Liébana - Burgo de Osma Codex":

#1 El Beato de El Burgo de Osma. Apocalipsis de San Juan

Valencia: Scriptorium, 2015

  • Commentary (Spanish)
  • Limited Edition: 390 copies
  • This facsimile is complete (full-size color reproduction of the whole original document).

Scriptorium has produced 390 facsimiles of this manuscript kept in the archives of the I.S. Cathedral in Burgo de Osma. The work published in size 253 x 361mm, contains 166 folios, of which 71 are superb illustrations. Osma’s Beatus is the first known Romanesque Spanish Beatus, a masterpiece of the International Style, much more creative than the traditional iconography and one of the best preserved of the first two original editions of the Beatus. 

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#2 Beato de Liébana del Burgo de Osma

Valencia: Vicent Garcia Editores, 1992

  • Commentary (English, Spanish) by Shailor, B.A. ; Williams, J.W. ; Romero-Pose, E. ; Moralejo Alvarez, S. ; Madinaveitia, A. ; Williams, S.
  • Limited Edition: 1380 copies
  • This facsimile is complete (full-size color reproduction of the whole original document).

Specially made paper, aged, imitating vellum. Full colour illustrations illuminated with gold leaf. Presentation case engraved in gold includes facsimile and study.

Binding

Parchment.

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