Ripoll Bible

Ripoll Bible


Stored today in the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana: one of the most richly illustrated Spanish Bibles of the 11th century with 300 miniatures

  1. This is one of two complete codices produced by the monks of the Monastery of Santa Maria de Ripoll

  2. The Bibles were completed sometime ca. 1020 and contain 300+ miniatures by a team of artists

  3. Guifré de Ripoll may have been the “team leader” and imparted his scenes with a sense of movement and dynamism

Ripoll Bible

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  2. Facsimile Editions (1)
Ripoll Bible

This manuscript represents one half of a two-volume Bible created ca. 1202 in the Monastery of Santa Maria de Ripoll. It is a fantastic artifact of Catalonian illumination containing 300+ miniatures altogether created by a team of talented artists lead by the monk Guifré de Ripoll. Some scenes are depicted in primary colors, while others are uncolored and reveal the hand of a skilled yet anonymous master.

Ripoll Bible

Stored under the shelf mark ms. lat. 5729 in the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, the so-called Ripoll Bible is one of two complete codices, in addition to a fragment, produced by the monks of the Monastery of Santa Maria de Ripoll. This was an important center of Catalonian culture under the direction of the Bishop of Oliba. The Bibles were completed sometime ca. 1020 and contain 300+ miniatures. A groups of artists created these works, considered the most splendidly decorated European Bibles of the 10th and 11th centuries and important artifacts of Catalan miniature. The monk Guifré de Ripoll may have been the “team leader”, and used primary colors and imparted the scenes he illustrated with a sense of movement and dynamism. There is another anonymous artist associated with the work, who can be distinguished by his perfectionism, proportions, parallelism, and symmetry. His realistic schematization of figures both animal and human is surprisingly regular, as is his depiction of musical instruments and domestic objects. None of his scenes are colored, exposing his pen strokes for a glimpse into his creative process.


Alternative Titles
Les Bíblies de Ripoll
Bibbia di Ripoll
Ripoll Bibel
300 miniatures
Artist / School

Available facsimile editions:
Ripoll Bible  – 5729 – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vaticanstadt, Vaticanstadt) – Vatican City, 2002
Limited Edition: 850 copies
Facsimile Editions

#1 Les Bíblies de Ripoll

Limited Edition: 850 copies
Commentary: 1 volume by Anscario M. Mundó
Languages: Catalan, abstracts in English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish
1 volume: Exact reproduction of the original document (extent, color and size) 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.
Price Category: €€ (1,000€ - 3,000€)
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