The opening of the fifth seal in Beatus and Revelation
6.1-17 – When the Lamb broke the fifth seal, the souls of those who have been martyred for the word of God and the testimony they have given of Him appeared under the altar.
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 the version of this miniature in twelve Beatus and three Apocalypse, in chronological order, in which you can see how in this case the structure of the Beatus of Escalada is also maintained in most of the Beatus, with a background of three bands of colors and the souls represented by birds, while we have only found this image in three of the available Apocalypses, the three after the last Blessed and very different from most of the Blessed. To enlarge click on the image.
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.