Saint John and the angel in Beatus and Apocalypse
22.9 – And I, John, have heard and seen all this. So I threw myself at the feet of the angel to worship him, but he told me: «Don’t do this! I am but a servant like you and your brothers who keep the words of this book. Only you should worship God.”
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 on this image that we have analyzed in our High Medieval Miniature Facebook group, we have found it in 9 of the 16 Blesseds that Jean-Luc Monneret offers us complete and in five of his Apocalypses, which we present on this page. In general, while in the Beati it is a complex miniature, which includes on three levels the throne of God, Saint John and the angel, and the seven churches of Asia, in the Apocalypses in which we have found it, it is a very simple scene which includes only the image of Saint John and the angel, in a format very different from that of the Blesseds.
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