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Beatus of Liébana - Saint-Sever Codex Facsimile Edition

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The only Beatus manuscript that inspired Picasso.

112 miniatures illuminated in gold and more than 1,400 colour initials. The most lavish, ground-breaking and artistically significant of all the Beatus codices. Contains the only complete text of the Commentary on the Apocalypse by Beatus of Liébana, dating from 776.

The most complete Commentary on the Apocalypse

A work of extraordinary importance is the only way to characterize the Saint-Sever Beatus and all the superlatives it has accumulated scarcely do justice to its beauty. Certainly it is the most lavishly illustrated, original and artistically significant of all the known Beatus manuscripts, as well as providing the most complete text of the Commentary on the Apocalypse by Beatus of Liébana.

The Saint-Sever Beatus was illustrated by Stephanus Garsia and other hands by order of Gregorio Muntaner, abbot of Saint-Sever, (1028-1072) an important monastery located in Gascony along the pilgrim road to Santiago de Compostela. It is the only Beatus manuscript originating outside the Iberian peninsula, but it follows the Spanish tradition in its illustrations.

Its great point of artistic interest is the way in which the illuminators have made use of the iconographic conventions employed in the first edition of the Beatus and combined them with imagery from the third, the most lavishly illustrated edition of them all, while at the same time incorporating other motifs from what is probably a non-Hispanic illustrated Apocalypse.

A quasi-modern expressionism

Accordingly, this is the only Beatus that has drawn on three different models for its illustrations. Above all, one cannot help but be astonished by the artistic and intellectual sophistication of the miniatures, which are both extraordinarily faithful to their Biblical sources, while at the same time exhibiting a prodigious naturalism and quasi-modern expressionism.

This is the only Beatus with a double-page “Maiestas Domini” equal in monumental scope to any of the great Romanesque carved portals in France. It is for that reason art historians have speculated that the manuscript was illuminated by a group of itinerant professional artists who had previous experience as mural painters.

Taken as a whole, the images of the Saint-Sever Beatus are one of the masterpieces of medieval miniature painting. It is no wonder, then, that in Picasso’s famous painting, Guernica, the figure of the fallen soldier is inspired by the huge figure of a drowned corpse in the illustration of the Great Flood in the Saint-Sever Beatus.

We have 4 facsimiles of the manuscript "Beatus of Liébana - Saint-Sever Codex":

#1 Beato de Liébana, códice de Saint-Sever ("Pergamenata" Edition)

Valencia: Patrimonio Ediciones

  • Commentary by Klein, P.K.; Werckmeister, O.K.
  • Limited Edition: 600 copies
  • This facsimile is complete (full-size color reproduction of the whole original document).

First and only complete fine facsimile edition in real size with gold leaf and pergamenata paper. Partial damage and irregularities at the edge of each folio have been scrupulously replicated; images and textual matter have been reproduced with total fidelity and maximum attention to capturing the exact colour tones, sharpness and detail of the original. Accept no substitutes and rely on the notarized certificate of authenticity that attests to our commitment to quality. Pergamenata Series. First and unique complete fine facsimile edition with pergamenata paper and gold leaf with similar characteristics to the one used by the most prestigious publishing houses specialized in facsimiles or quasi-originals of illuminated manuscripts on paper, pergamenata or natural lambskin parchment.

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#4 Beato de Liébana, códice de Saint-Sever (Gold Edition)

Valencia: Patrimonio Ediciones

  • Commentary by Klein, P.K.; Werckmeister, O.K.
  • Limited Edition: 600 copies
  • This facsimile is complete (full-size color reproduction of the whole original document).

First and only complete fine facsimile edition in real size with gold leaf and pergamenata paper. The only fine facsimile edition of all the editions of Beatus with real fine gold on its binding. Partial damage and irregularities at the edge of each folio have been scrupulously replicated; images and textual matter have been reproduced with total fidelity and maximum attention to capturing the exact colour tones, sharpness and detail of the original. Accept no substitutes and rely on the notarized certificate of authenticity that attests to our commitment to quality. Pergamenata Series. First and unique complete fine facsimile edition with pergamenata paper and gold leaf with similar characteristics to the one used by the most prestigious publishing houses specialized in facsimiles or quasi-originals of illuminated manuscripts.

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