Beatus of Liebana codex of Ferdinand I and Sancha, s. XI (AdC)

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The Beatus of Liebana, codex of Ferdinand I and Doña Sancha, also called Facundo Blessed by the name of its author, it is preserved in the National Library of Spain with the Beatus of Liebana, In Apocalipsin, Codex Ferdinand I and Doña Sancha signature , Ms. Vitr. 14-2.

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The Beatus of Liebana, codex of Ferdinand I and Doña Sancha, also called Facundo Blessed by the name of its author, it is preserved in the National Library of Spain with the Beatus of Liebana, In Apocalipsin, Codex Ferdinand I and Doña Sancha signature , Ms. Vitr. 14-2. The manuscript was written around the middle of the eleventh century, according to the text of folio 316: Era V bis et quadragies post Millesima; ie in 1047. In the same folio we find the name of the copyist: Facundus scripsit, but not the miniaturist. We know the date of completion on the text, but not the illustrations, possibly completed a few years later. Given the importance of the work regia, it might be designed in well equipped media and architects one a royal scriptorium inside the monastery itself, or very nearby: the Basilica of San Isidoro later.
 
In the words of Umberto Eco: Its lavish images have led to greater iconographic event in the history of mankind.
 
The Beato de Fernando I and Doña Sancha was miniatures in the year 1047 by Facundo for the kings of Castile and Leon in which he remained until his death library. Comments on the Apocalypse of Beatus were copied and illuminated for most of the monasteries of northern Spain between the ninth and eleventh centuries. However, Facundo Blessed is the only one (with the possible exception of Beato de las Huelgas) which was copied to the kings of Castile and Leon Ferdinand I and Doña Sancha.
 
Its lavish images mark the beginning of one of the most prodigious iconographic traditions of the entire history of Western art. The colors of Blessed Facundo, his strange drawings and dreamy atmosphere, exerted on the imagination a true passion: who has seen once, never forgets.
 
Overall, the codex is one of the most beautiful of Spanish miniature and, of course, of the blessed, both the rigor of the drawing, its syncretism between keeping the past and opening to the present, care almost classic by order and compositional structure and use of color, able to create a chromatic effects that looks different environments, always of great elegance and equipped with a stern solemnity, unlike anything altomedieval. Moreover, none of the blessed both gold abounds in this Beato.
 
For Professor John Williams, Blessed Facundo is perhaps the most elegant of the comments. In addition, it is one of the best preserved, as it remained in the collegiate church of San Isidoro de León until Philip V in the War of Succession, which seized and sent to the Royal Library and eventually became part of the funds the National Library.
 
This codex there have been two very expensive facsimile editions: the first, held in 1994 by the publishing house Moleiro, already exhausted, and the second, conducted in 2007 by the publisher Versol (both we can provide copies). The second study does not sell the book if you are not buying facsimile, whose price exceeds 5,000 €. The first, however, although the issue is exhausted still selling the book study. In both cases, on the second hand market you can find copies of both editions.
 
The facsimile offered here is made by Friends of the Codex based on the downloaded files from the Hispanic Digital Library of the National Library of Spain, and is based on the original kept in this public institution, it is bound on legitimate parchment skin with titles gold and not inferior to his older brothers. It is a unique opportunity to make this work at a great price. No book study takes only is the facsimile, the translation of the work of Beato from Latin into Spanish can be downloaded from the Internet.
 
Technical characteristics:
Binding in authentic handmade parchment skin on wood and gilt titles.
Dimensions: 26 x 33 cm.
Pages: 640
Special paper quality; handmade rope halters; antique gold gilt titles on spine and cover.
Total weight: about 5 kg.
Language in which is written: Latin
Original year of creation: 1047 (XI century)
 
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