Berlin, Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, MS theol. lat. fol. 561

Beatus of Liébana - Berlin Codex Facsimile Edition

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The Berlin Codex, produced in the first half of the twelfth century, is one of only two manuscripts known to have been produced in Italy of Beatus of Liébana's commentary on the Christian biblical book of the Apocalypse. The commentary text was likely copied from an Iberian model. The imagery, however, diverges from the Spanish tradition and instead seems to follow earlier Italian Apocalypse iconography. The fifty-five images, in the Italo-Byzantine style, are mostly unframed line drawings set within the text column and tinted with pale shades of yellow, brown, and some red.


For more information on the Beatus model, read our blog article by Amy R. Miller (PhD, Medieval Art History, University of Toronto).

We have 1 facsimile edition of the manuscript "Beatus of Liébana - Berlin Codex": Beato de Berlin facsimile edition, published by Millennium Liber, 2010

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Manuscript book description compiled by Britt Boler Hunter.
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Beato de Berlin

Madrid: Millennium Liber, 2010

  • Commentary (Spanish) by Klein, Peter K.
  • Limited Edition: 995 copies
  • Full-size color reproduction of the entire original document, Beatus of Liébana - Berlin Codex: the facsimile attempts to replicate the look-and-feel and physical features of the original document; pages are trimmed according to the original format; the binding might not be consistent with the current document binding.

Facsimile edition in special, aged parchment-like paper, hand sewn, collated and folded. Study volume of historical, artistic and paleographical value presented in a stylish case.


Leather on board.

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