The Facundus Beatus

The Facundus Beatus

Biblioteca Nacional, Madrid




Shelfmark: Ms. Vit. 14-2.
Date: c. 1047.
Size: 360 x 268 mm.
624 pages, 114 miniatures.
Bound in tanned leather.
Full-colour commentary volume (312 p.) by Joaquín González Echegaray (Director of the Instituto de Investigaciones Prehistóricas), Manuel Sánchez Mariana (Director of the Biblioteca Histórica, Universidad Complutense de Madrid) and Joaquín Yarza Luaces (Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona).
Unique and unrepeatable first edition, strictly limited to 987 numbered and authenticated copies.
ISBN: 978-84-88526-02-1

The Facundus Beatus Biblioteca Nacional, Madrid Biblioteca Nacional, Madrid

Shelfmark: Ms. Vit. 14-2.
Date: c. 1047.
Size: 360 x 268 mm.
624 pages, 114 miniatures.
Bound in tanned leather.
Full-colour commentary volume (312 p.) by Joaquín González Echegaray (Director of the Instituto de Investigaciones Prehistóricas), Manuel Sánchez Mariana (Director of the Biblioteca Histórica, Universidad Complutense de Madrid) and Joaquín Yarza Luaces (Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona).
Unique and unrepeatable first edition, strictly limited to 987 numbered and authenticated copies.
ISBN: 978-84-88526-02-1





Commentary volume

The Facundus Beatus Biblioteca Nacional, Madrid


This book features every single miniature from the codex together with the respective Revelation excerpt and a commentary by the leading expert Prof. Joaquín Yarza. The most thorough study ever of that Beatus manuscript.

Format: 280 x 380 mm
Pages: 312
Illustrations: 138
Language: Spanish
ISBN: 978-84-96400-23-8

CONTENTS:

Del editor a lector

Prólogo
John Williams

Beato de Liébana y su mundo
Joaquín González Echegaray (Director del del Instituto de Investigaciones Prehistóricas)

La tradición de los Beatos y el Beato de Fernando I y Sancha
Manuel Sánchez Mariana (Director de la Biblioteca Histórica, Universidad Complutense de Madrid)

La ilustración del Beato de Fernando I y Sancha
Joaquín Yarza Luaces (Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona)

Las miniaturas
Joaquín Yarza Luaces

Índice de las miniaturas






Description

The Facundus Beatus Biblioteca Nacional, Madrid


The Facundus Beatus was illuminated by Facundus for the monarchs of Castile and León, Ferdinand I and Doña Sancha, and remained in their library until their death. Its striking colours, peculiar drawings and unreal atmosphere subject the imagination to a veritable tyranny. Once seen, never forgotten.

Taken as a whole, this is one of the most beautiful examples of the Spanish miniature and, of course, of the beatus manuscripts in terms of the rigor of its drawings, its syncretism between respecting the past whilst welcoming the present, its virtually classic regard for order and compositional structure and finally, its use of colour to create chromatic effects conjuring up different, very elegant and yet highly solemn atmospheres totally unlike anything else in the High Middle Ages.

Its lavish images mark the beginning of one of the most outstanding iconographic traditions of the entire history of western art.



Customer reviews
The Facundus Beatus
Biblioteca Nacional, Madrid





“Foi uma agradável surpresa receber o seu Beato de Fernando I e Sancha. O trabalho a que dedicou a vida é merecedor dos maiores elogios e dos agradecimentos de quantos no mundo aman os livros. A sua colecção vem acumulado autênticos tesouros bibliográficos, e este ocupará na nossa biblioteca um lugar de honra.”

José Saramago, Nobel Prize in Literature




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