If you’re curious to witness the transition from scroll to book, or to find out which features of Medieval illumination were already used in Late Antiquity, you shouldn’t miss the Vergilius Romanus.
Once upon a time only dukes, popes, and princesses could hold a priceless artifact like the Vergilius Romanus in their hands. Today, facsimiles allow you to leaf through them — well, at least virtually! So what are you waiting for?
Made in Rome in the decades after 400, the Vergilius Vaticanus, an illustrated collection of Vergil’s main works, was so influential in Western art that it served as a model in the artistic circle of Raphael.