Dominated by great pictures: 4 full-page and 90 half-page miniatures impressively relate Saint John's apocalyptic vision

Life of John and the Apocalypse

ca. 1400

Life of John and the Apocalypse

Life of John and the Apocalypse

— ca. 1400

  1. The illuminators and miniaturists of this Gothic Apocalypse manuscript were able to indulge their utmost creativity

  2. Originating ca. 1400 in the Netherlands or Northern France, it has the distinctive iconography of an English Apocalypse

  3. The finely executed miniatures are distinguished by their superior coloring, freshness, and dynamism

Life of John and the Apocalypse

Alternative Titles:
  • Picture-Book of the Life of St John and the Apocalypse
  • Apocalipsis y Vida de san Juan en miniaturas
  • Apokalypse und Leben des Heiligen Johannes
Life of John and the Apocalypse  – Add. Ms. 38121 – British Library (London, United Kingdom)
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  1. Short Description
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Short Description

Apocalypse manuscripts were produced throughout the Middle Ages and are among the most popular and fascinating illuminated manuscripts, largely due to the fantastic and enigmatic imagery found in the Book of Revelation. This splendid Gothic manuscript is fascinating because although it follows the iconographic tradition of early-13th century English Apocalypses, it actually originates from across the English Channel ca. 1400. Another unusual feature is that rather than supplementing the text, the miniatures dominate the manuscript, which has lost none of its narrative quality thanks to the expressiveness and all-round excellence of the illumination.

Life of John and the Apocalypse

Illuminated manuscripts of the Apocalypse, also known as the Book of Revelation, are among the most fascinating and artistically interesting works of medieval book art. They allowed medieval illuminators and miniaturists to indulge their utmost creativity in depicting the incredible events occurring in the vision of St. John. Although originating from either the Netherlands or northern France ca. 1400, the manuscript stored under the shelf mark Add. Ms. 38121 in the British Library is grouped iconographically with the distinctive image cycles of English Apocalypse manuscripts from the early-13th century, such as Ms. M. 524 from the Morgan Library or Ms. D.IV.17 of the Bodleian Library. It is adorned with 4 full-page miniatures and 90 half-page miniatures that are distinguished by their superior coloring, freshness, and dynamism. Their narrative quality is similarly superb, they are not only succinct but also entertaining and didactic. The composition is dominated by imagery with text taking a back seat, either appearing at the bottom of the page or in banderoles inserted directly into the text. The work was bequeathed to the British Library by Alfred Henry Huth (1850-1910), an English collector and book lover from a wealthy banker who helped found the Bibliographical Society of London. In his will, he bequeathed 50 notable works from his collection, including the fantastic Apocalypse manuscript at hand, which also relates the life of text’s author, John.

Codicology

Alternative Titles
Picture-Book of the Life of St John and the Apocalypse
Apocalipsis y Vida de san Juan en miniaturas
Apokalypse und Leben des Heiligen Johannes
Date
ca. 1400
Style
Gothic
Language
Illustrations
4 full-page miniatures, 90 half-page miniatures

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Apocalipsis y Vida de san Juan en miniaturas
Life of John and the Apocalypse  – Add. Ms. 38121 – British Library (London, United Kingdom)
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Apocalipsis y Vida de san Juan en miniaturas

1 volume: Exact reproduction of the original document (extent, color and size)
Publisher
M. Moleiro Editor – Barcelona, 2016
Limited Edition
987 copies
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Reproduction of the entire original document as detailed as possible (scope, format, colors). The binding may not correspond to the original or current document binding.
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