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To our French friend Jean-Luc Monneret who sent us his work on this manuscript. we recommend.

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Reference: Staatsbibliothek Bamberg, Ms.Bibl.140.

Dimensione: 295 x 205 mm.

106 folios of parchment. written in Latin.

57 miniatures more than 100 initials decorated with gold.





Book of images of the Bamgber Apocalypse that our collaborator J-L Monneret has cleaned and commented. Click the image to access. From the ibro you can access all available information about this Apocalypse.

Entorno histórico

The Bamberg Apocalypse is a manuscript created by the monks of the Benedictine abbey of the island of Reichenau located in Lake Constance around the year 1000 at the request of Otto III, Holy Roman Emperor between 980 and 1002 and later completed by order of his successor Henry II, known as “The Saint”. It is closely related to other manuscripts of Reichenau, which you can also find in our Active Medieval Library, as the Pericopas of Henry II (Bible passage read on certain occasions of religious worship) and the Munich Gospels of Otto III.

It is written in Latin and is the only illuminated Apocalypse in the Ottonian style that has reached us, at a time when the millenarian fear had made the book of Saint John a subject of great importance for Christianity. The manuscript also includes an Evangelical Lectionary (choir book containing the lessons of maitines).

Henry II donated it to the Collegiate Abbey of Saint Stephen in Bamberg, from where it passed to the Staatlichen Bibliothek of the same city, where it is now preserved. Today it is part of the UNESCO World Heritage, since 2003 it has been included in the International Register of World Memories.


Richly illuminated manuscript that in its 106 folios of 295 x 205 mm, contains 57 framed thumbnails, most full page, and up to 103 letters capitals, all decorated with gold. The main miniaturist and two other artists took part in its production, supposedly belonging to the so-called Liuthar Group of the Reichenau Monastery, which was the seat of the most important scriptorium in the whole of the Holy Roman Empire. The Bamberg Apocalypse is considered the most important manuscript in the Bamgber State Library.

It contains the only cycle of images of the Apocalypse of the Ottonian period, to which are added five scenes about the Life of Christ of the Evangelist, which only includes texts dedicated to the main feasts of the Lord and some saints: Nativity, Annunciation to the shepherds, Crucifixion and Burial, Ascension of Christ and Pentecost.

His images, of great expressive power illuminated with high quality colors and gold backgrounds, show faces with differentiated facial expressions and very expressive gestures in complex scenes very clear and well structured. The initials, very decorated, are gold or silver on backgrounds in green, blue or purple