Byzantine illumination from Constantinople: Marian sermons accompanied by 82 golden miniatures from Jacobus Kokkinobaphos

Marian Homilies

Constantinople (Turkey) — First half of the 12th century

Marian Homilies

Marian Homilies

Constantinople (Turkey) — First half of the 12th century

  1. Sermons accompanied by 82 miniatures on gold backgrounds from 12th century Constantinople

  2. This probably represents the most masterly performance of Jacobus Kokkinobaphos' artistic career

  3. It is a dreamy example of the inestimably valuable book art of the long-gone Byzantine Empire

Das Marienhomiliar des Jakobos von Kokkinobaphos (Prachtedition)

Marian Homilies

Nativity of Mary

Jesus was miraculously born of a woman whose own birth was itself a miracle because her parents had long been childless and had essentially given up hope. Scenes of her nativity thus focus on depictions of domestic bliss and the glorification of motherhood, often including an image of the baby Mary being tucked into bed. Although this is a distinctly Byzantine miniature, the influence of Romanesque art from the West can be seen in the more relaxed and realistic body posturing of the figures.

Marian Homilies

Alternative Titles:
  • Marien-Homilien
  • Marienhomiliar des Mönchs Jakobos von Kokkinobaphos
  • Marienhomiliar des Jakobos von Kokkinobaphos
Marian Homilies – Vat. gr. 1162 – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
Marian Homilies – Vat. gr. 1162 – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
Marian Homilies – Vat. gr. 1162 – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
Marian Homilies – Vat. gr. 1162 – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
Marian Homilies – Vat. gr. 1162 – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
Marian Homilies – Vat. gr. 1162 – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
Marian Homilies – Vat. gr. 1162 – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
Marian Homilies – Vat. gr. 1162 – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
Marian Homilies – Vat. gr. 1162 – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
Marian Homilies – Vat. gr. 1162 – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
Marian Homilies – Vat. gr. 1162 – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
Marian Homilies – Vat. gr. 1162 – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
Marian Homilies – Vat. gr. 1162 – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
Marian Homilies – Vat. gr. 1162 – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
Marian Homilies – Vat. gr. 1162 – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
Marian Homilies – Vat. gr. 1162 – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
Marian Homilies – Vat. gr. 1162 – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
Marian Homilies – Vat. gr. 1162 – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
Marian Homilies – Vat. gr. 1162 – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
Marian Homilies – Vat. gr. 1162 – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
Marian Homilies – Vat. gr. 1162 – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
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  1. Short Description
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Short Description

The Marian Homilies were made in the first half of the 12th century by James Jakobos in Constantinople. The valuable work contains 82 colored miniatures on a costly gold background. The manuscript is an outstanding example of the cultural treasures produced by the Byzantine Empire.

Marian Homilies

The Byzantine Empire was one of the most long-lived in world history. Some of the most important works of art and literature originate from Byzantine culture. The coveted hand-written and -illuminated codices of the Byzantine masters influenced book art for centuries. Among the countless luminaries of the Byzantine school stood the artist James Jakobos. His Marian Homilies, which originate from the first half of the 12th century, probably constitute the most beautiful manuscripts of James. The literary work is illustrated with 82 sometimes full page miniatures on shimmering gold backgrounds.

What is a Homily?

In the Catholic Church, the term “Homily” denotes the sermon during a mass, in which the recited biblical readings are interpreted. The homily is a fixed component of church mass on Sundays and holidays. The homily is reserved for church officials in a holy mass, outside of the celebration of mass it can be abided by laymen. A collection of homilies is referred to as a homilary. James Jakobos made numerous valuable homilaries for different biblical readings, the Marian Homilies probably represent his most masterly performance.

Valuable Byzantine Miniatures

The Marian Homilies span 386 pages with glimmering gold script and 82 highly valuable miniatures. The work was made in a rich studio in Constantinople. The sometimes full-page miniatures, which illustrate the biblical events depicted in the text, are depicted in high-quality colors. Each miniature was set against a lavish gold background. Along with the full page pictures, the work contains numerous initials decorated with motifs of animals and plants. The pictures shimmering and sparkling with gold have an almost surreal effect on the beholder. It is a dreamy example for the inestimably valuable book art of the long-gone Byzantine Empire.

Codicology

Alternative Titles
Marien-Homilien
Marienhomiliar des Mönchs Jakobos von Kokkinobaphos
Marienhomiliar des Jakobos von Kokkinobaphos
Size / Format
386 pages / 32.5 x 22.5 cm
Date
First half of the 12th century
Language
Illustrations
82 partly full-page miniatures on gold ground
Content
The text contains homilies (prayers) and describes the life of Mary, her encounter with Joseph, the Annunciation and so on
Artist / School
Das Marienhomiliar des Jakobos von Kokkinobaphos (Prachtedition)

Marian Homilies

Fall of Man

In tracing the life of the Virgin Mary, this splendid Byzantine manuscript goes all the way back to the Garden of Eden. This masterful miniature features a brilliantly burnished gold background, giving these prehistoric events a timeless and spaceless feeling. The source of mankind’s original sin is portrayed here in a single, dynamic image.

The events of a fall are presented in an unusual manner and do not progress from left to right, top to bottom. Instead, they are arranged around the most important event in the middle of the page: the serpent’s deception of Eve. Events literally spiral from there as Adam and Eve become aware and ashamed of their nudity, represented by leaves covering their genitals, and are subsequently chased out of Eden.

2 available facsimile edition(s) of „Marian Homilies“

Das Marienhomiliar des Jakobos von Kokkinobaphos (Prachtedition)
Marian Homilies – Vat. gr. 1162 – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
Marian Homilies – Vat. gr. 1162 – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
Marian Homilies – Vat. gr. 1162 – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
Marian Homilies – Vat. gr. 1162 – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
Marian Homilies – Vat. gr. 1162 – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
Marian Homilies – Vat. gr. 1162 – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
Marian Homilies – Vat. gr. 1162 – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
Marian Homilies – Vat. gr. 1162 – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
Marian Homilies – Vat. gr. 1162 – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
Marian Homilies – Vat. gr. 1162 – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
Marian Homilies – Vat. gr. 1162 – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
Marian Homilies – Vat. gr. 1162 – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
Marian Homilies – Vat. gr. 1162 – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
Marian Homilies – Vat. gr. 1162 – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
Marian Homilies – Vat. gr. 1162 – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
Marian Homilies – Vat. gr. 1162 – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
Marian Homilies – Vat. gr. 1162 – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
Marian Homilies – Vat. gr. 1162 – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
Marian Homilies – Vat. gr. 1162 – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
Marian Homilies – Vat. gr. 1162 – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
Marian Homilies – Vat. gr. 1162 – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
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Das Marienhomiliar des Jakobos von Kokkinobaphos (Prachtedition)

1 volume: Exact reproduction of the original document (extent, color and size)
Publisher
Belser Verlag / WK Wertkontor – Zurich, 1991
Limited Edition
150 copies
Binding
Leather
Commentary
1 volume (128 pages) by Paul Canart and Irmgard Hutter
Languages: German, French
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1 volume: Exact reproduction of the original document (extent, color and size)
Publisher
Belser Verlag – Zurich, 1991
Limited Edition
300 copies
Binding
Leather
Commentary
1 volume (128 pages) by Paul Canart and Irmgard Hutter
Languages: German, French
More Information
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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