The Beatus Manuscript

The Beatus Manuscript

The illuminated manuscript which conveys the story of apocalypse was written by monks in Northern Spain who escaped the Muslims invading Spain, Spain, 1180.

"Leaf from a Beatus Manuscript: At the Clarion of the Fifth Angel's Trumpet, a Star Falls from the Sky; the Bottomless Pit Is Opened with a Key; Emerging from the Smoke, Locusts Come Upon the Earth and Torment the Deathless | Spanish | The Met." The Metropolitan Museum of Art, I.e. The Met Museum. Accessed April 05, 2018. https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/466191.

This manuscript is an illuminated story of apocalypse illustrated by Beatus the monk. This manuscript has a folio size of 17-1/2 by 11-13/16 inch. This manuscript is illustrated on vellum. There are side notes on the bottom of the illustration that narrate the figures. This illustration in particular and the other leaves have very bright colors. The text is in Latin. The illustration on the right shows some lizard like creatures that are taking over some people. The illustration is broken down into three registers, or rows, and each represents the sky, earth and inner earth probably. The sky is on the top, the highest and the earth which is in brown color is in the middle, while the inner earth is in green color and at the bottom of the page. The sky is decorated with starts and the sun. There is an angel with a trumpet in the sky. The trumpet is close to the angle’s mouth, showing that he is blowing through it. There is streams of what looks like flames from the sun to the inner earth. Inside a bubble in the inner earth, there is a man sitting who is holding a cane or staff in his left hand. There is a star in the bubble with him that looks exactly the same as the ones in the sky. The lizards probably represent the bad creatures and that they take over and drag people who have done bad. The sun and the stars are present at the same time. The illumination has more of square shape and it has a thick brown border on the sides. The text below the illumination is in red for the first paragraph and it is in black ink for the rest.

 

"Leaf from a Beatus Manuscript: At the Clarion of the Fifth Angel's Trumpet, a Star Falls from the Sky; the Bottomless Pit Is Opened with a Key; Emerging from the Smoke, Locusts Come Upon the Earth and Torment the Deathless | Spanish | The Met." The Metropolitan Museum of Art, I.e. The Met Museum. Accessed April 05, 2018. https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/466191.

 

The Beatus Manuscript