A Gothic picture Bible from the Vatican Library: almost 100 miniatures in gold and silver from the life and works of Christ

New Testament

Italy — First half of the 13th century

New Testament

New Testament

Italy — First half of the 13th century

  1. The specimen of the New Testament from the Vatican Library is decorated with nearly 100 miniatures

  2. The miniatures visualize the dramatic events of the life of Jesus Christ in a most outstanding way

  3. Even the text pages of this gorgeous codex are ennobled with richly decorated initials of gold and silver

Neues Testament

New Testament

Jesus Walking on Water

Jesus walking upon the Sea of Galilee as though it were a grass field is one of the most important and iconic episodes in the Gospels. This extraordinary demonstration of Jesus’ power over nature solidified the faith of the Twelve Apostles. “Then the sea arose because a great wind was blowing. So when they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and drawing near the boat; and they were afraid. But He said to them, ‘It is I; do not be afraid’.” (Jn 6:18-20)

New Testament

Alternative Titles:
  • Neues Testament
New Testament – Vat. lat. 39 – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
New Testament – Vat. lat. 39 – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
New Testament – Vat. lat. 39 – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
New Testament – Vat. lat. 39 – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
New Testament – Vat. lat. 39 – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
New Testament – Vat. lat. 39 – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
New Testament – Vat. lat. 39 – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
New Testament – Vat. lat. 39 – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
New Testament – Vat. lat. 39 – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
New Testament – Vat. lat. 39 – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
New Testament – Vat. lat. 39 – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
New Testament – Vat. lat. 39 – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
New Testament – Vat. lat. 39 – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
New Testament – Vat. lat. 39 – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
New Testament – Vat. lat. 39 – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
New Testament – Vat. lat. 39 – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
New Testament – Vat. lat. 39 – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
New Testament – Vat. lat. 39 – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
New Testament – Vat. lat. 39 – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
New Testament – Vat. lat. 39 – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
New Testament – Vat. lat. 39 – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
New Testament – Vat. lat. 39 – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
New Testament – Vat. lat. 39 – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
New Testament – Vat. lat. 39 – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
New Testament – Vat. lat. 39 – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
New Testament – Vat. lat. 39 – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
New Testament – Vat. lat. 39 – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
New Testament – Vat. lat. 39 – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
New Testament – Vat. lat. 39 – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
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  1. Short Description
  2. Codicology

Short Description

The New Testament, which is found today in the Vatican Library, originates from the first half of the 13th century. The outstanding manuscript is decorated with nearly 100 magnificent miniatures and countless initials of silver and gold.

New Testament

The New Testament of the Bible forms, along with the Old Testament, the Word of God and the foundation of the Christian faith. In the New Testament, Jesus Christ is proclaimed to be the son of god and the messiah come for the salvation of Israel and the cosmos. The scripts of the New Testament were recorded initially in Greek and later in Latin. An outstanding illuminated Latin version of the Testament can be found today in the Vatican Library. This codex stands out among all the treasures of the Vatican Library and still astounds the beholder.

Incomprehensible Richness of Design

The New Testament of the Vatican Library originates from the first half of the 13th century. It is a manuscript in lavish Gothic style. The Latin text was illustrated with nearly 100 vivid miniatures. The colored pictures, ornamented with gold and silver visualize the dramatic events of the life of Jesus Christ and completed the handwritten text in a most outstanding way. Every page of the text contains color and gold decorations. Where no prominent miniature fills the page, text passages are ennobled with richly decorated initials of gold and silver. This is an unimaginably valuable codex.

Codicology

Alternative Titles
Neues Testament
Size / Format
348 pages / 20.0 x 15.0 cm
Origin
Italy
Date
First half of the 13th century
Style
Gothic
Language
Illustrations
Nearly 100 miniatures
Neues Testament

New Testament

Crucifixion

Here was have an Italian Gothic miniature exhibiting a strong Byzantine influence, relying on the power of gesture and iconography to balance its static and solemn composition. The miniature’s background is composed of alternating fields of burnished silver and gold. Furthermore, the angels’ halos alternate depending upon the background, while Mary’s and Joseph’s are colored and patterned.

This miniature is presented in such a way as to make it seem like the frame and other figures are being held up behind Christ crucified. The cross and specifically the hill of Golgotha stand outside of the frame of green and red, creating a strange sense of perspective that causes the eye to wander back and forth across the page.

1 available facsimile edition(s) of „New Testament“

Neues Testament
New Testament – Vat. lat. 39 – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
New Testament – Vat. lat. 39 – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
New Testament – Vat. lat. 39 – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
New Testament – Vat. lat. 39 – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
New Testament – Vat. lat. 39 – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
New Testament – Vat. lat. 39 – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
New Testament – Vat. lat. 39 – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
New Testament – Vat. lat. 39 – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
New Testament – Vat. lat. 39 – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
New Testament – Vat. lat. 39 – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
New Testament – Vat. lat. 39 – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
New Testament – Vat. lat. 39 – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
New Testament – Vat. lat. 39 – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
New Testament – Vat. lat. 39 – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
New Testament – Vat. lat. 39 – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
New Testament – Vat. lat. 39 – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
New Testament – Vat. lat. 39 – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
New Testament – Vat. lat. 39 – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
New Testament – Vat. lat. 39 – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
New Testament – Vat. lat. 39 – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
New Testament – Vat. lat. 39 – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
New Testament – Vat. lat. 39 – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
New Testament – Vat. lat. 39 – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
New Testament – Vat. lat. 39 – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
New Testament – Vat. lat. 39 – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
New Testament – Vat. lat. 39 – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
New Testament – Vat. lat. 39 – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
New Testament – Vat. lat. 39 – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
New Testament – Vat. lat. 39 – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
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Neues Testament

1 volume: Exact reproduction of the original document (extent, color and size)
Publisher
Belser Verlag – Zurich, 1984
Limited Edition
600 copies
Binding
Goat skin
Commentary
1 volume (120 pages) by Giovanni Morello and Ulrich Stockmann
Language: German
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