Rodes Bible

Rodes Bible – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana – lat. 6 – Bibliothèque nationale de France (Paris, France)

Ripoll and Rodes (Spain) — Mid-11th century – late 11th century

Eine Auftragsarbeit des Klosters Santa Maria de Ripoll für Abt Oliba: Über 300 katalanische Miniaturen in einer der am prächtigsten ausgestatteten romanischen Bibeln aller Zeiten

  1. One of two complete surviving codices originating from the scriptorium of the Monastery of Santa Maria de Ripoll

  2. The monk Guifré de Ripoll may have been the “team leader” and illustrated with a sense of movement and dynamism

  3. Realistic depictions of people, animals, musical intruments, and various domestic objects fill the splendid miniatures

Rodes Bible

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  2. Facsimile Editions (1)
Rodes 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. This master’s realistic depictions of both humans and animals as well as musical instruments and domestic objects offer the reader a wonderful glimpse into everyday life in Catalonia at the turn of the 13th century.

Rodes Bible

Stored under the shelf ms. lat. 6 in the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, the so-called *Rodes 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 Abbot 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
Biblia Sancti Petri Rodensis
Bibbia di Sant Pere de Rodes
Rodes Bibel
Les Bíblies de Ripoll
Ripoll Bible
Mid-11th century – late 11th century
300 miniatures
Artist / School

Available facsimile editions:
Rodes Bible – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana – lat. 6 – Bibliothèque nationale de France (Paris, France)
Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vaticanstadt, Vaticanstadt) – Vatican City, 2010
Limited Edition: 200 copies
Facsimile Editions

#1 Les Bíblies de Ripoll

Limited Edition: 200 copies
Commentary: 1 volume by Anscario M. Mundó
Languages: Catalan, abstracts in English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish

The commentary volume discusses not only the Rodes Bible but also the Ripoll Bible, since both manuscripts were produced in the same scriptorium.
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.
Facsimile Copy Available!
Price Category: €€
(1,000€ - 3,000€)
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