The seven lampstands and the Son of man in Beatus and Revelation
1,9-20 – On the day of the Lord I was taken by the Spirit and I heard behind me a voice that shouted like a romp: “Write in a book what you see and send it to the seven Churches…”
Turning around to see who was calling me, I saw seven golden lampstands, in the midst of which was one like a Son of man.
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.
In the studies of this image that we have analyzed in our High Medieval Miniature group, we have found it in 13 of the 16 Blesseds that Jean-Luc Monneret offers us complete and in all of his Apocalypses, which we present on this page. In them we suggest you look for the three that faithfully follow the Magius version in the San Miguel de Escalada version and, for example, in which ones the lights appear as chandeliers and in which ones as lamps, or analyze those with stars, within a set very varied in that the Apocalypses of the 9th century have a very different structure to that of the four after 1250.
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