The first bowl of the wrath of God in Beatos and Apocalypse
16.1-12 – Then a powerful voice spoke to the angels of the Temple: “Go and sprinkle on the earth the seven bowls of the wrath of God»
The first one poured out his cup on the earth, causing a malignant and pernicious ulcer that struck the men marked with the seal of the beast.
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 fourteen Blesseds and four Apocalypses, arranged chronologically. in which it can be seen how in this case the same structure is maintained in all the Beatus, although in most of them with an evident development of their style and maturity, while the European manuscripts are different and change a lot between the first and the last. after the 12th century. 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 his description.