This incredible manuscript adds to the impressive artistic and literary tradition of the Beatos. It consists of 194 pages and contains 65 miniatures, mostly inserted into the text and without a frame. It gives the impression that the text and the images were made at the same time with the first forced to model itself to the second.
The Geneva Codex is part of a group of twenty-seven illustrated commentaries on the Book of Apocalypse by Beatus of Liébana, a monk who lived in the Kingdom of Asturias, Spain, until ca. 800. For more information on the Beatus model, read our blog article by Amy R. Miller (PhD, Medieval Art History, University of Toronto).
The manuscript was copied approximately in the 11th century in the italian region of Benevento, of which reflects the two-columns writing. The presence, throughout the text of the minuscule carolina suggests that a monk from the north of Italy, probably assisted with the compilation of the manuscript.