The New Jerusalem in Beatus and Apocalypse
21.9 – One of the seven angels approached me: “Come and I will show you the bride of the Lamb”
In spirit he took me to a great and high mountain and showed me Jerusalem, the Holy City that came down out of heaven from God, resplendent with its glory.
The “Beatos” are copies of the Commentaries on the Apocalypse by Beatus of Liébana that respect its text and the theme and situation of the images, although each miniaturist interpreted it according to their imagination, its technical characteristics and its quality.
Although the European Apocalypses were not copies of the Beatus Commentary, as they also follow the book of Saint John of Patmos, many of their images coincide in position and theme with those of the Beatus.
Here you can compare this miniature in twelve Blesseds and four Apocalypses, arranged chronologically. To enlarge click on the image.
It is interesting to note that from the Blessed of San Miguel de Escalada all the beatified have maintained the same structure of this image, although very simplified in the two copied outside of Spain – Geneva and Lorvao -, and even in the Apocalypse of Trinity College, an Anglo work -Norman from the middle of the 13th century, the structure of the Magius version is preserved.
All the images have been obtained from the collection of studies of our friend Jean-Luc Monneret, in which he presents all the images of Beatus and Apocalypse with their description.