Photograph of an illuminated manuscript, The opening of the Sixth Seal, from the Morgan Beatus, 10th Century. Maintained by the Morgan Library and Museum, New York. Image online, courtesy Wikimedia Commons.
In the centuries which followed, monks created many illustrations to accompany Beatus’ words, originally written at the Monastery of San Pedro de Cardeña, in the northern Spanish province of Burgos. About 32 manuscripts and fragments remain, spanning the 9th to the 13th centuries.
One of those illustrations - from a 12th century copy of the commentary - is "The Seventh Angel of the Apocalypse Proclaiming the Reign of the Lord." In that same commentary, illustrated in approximately 1150, we also find "Locusts Come upon the Earth." (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.)
Thanks to the generosity of universities, libraries and museums which have provided scans of these treasures (or their facsimiles) for on-line public review, we can examine artistic beauty from centuries past.
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