Beatus of Liebana codex Valcavado, 970 (Testimonio edition)


The original of the Beatus codex Valcavado preserved in the Library of the College of Santa Cruz of the University of Valladolid.

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Beatus of Liebana codex of Valcavado. Original preserved in the Library of the Colegio de Santa Cruz of the University of Valladolid. Splendid facsimile reproduction of the Beato de Valcavado that forms, together with the Thompsoniano of New York and that of the Seo de Urgel (we also have them available), a trio of Beatos of the same family, characterized by their good calligraphy and the quality of their thumbnails. At present it is the jewel of the Library of the Colegio de Santa Cruz (founded in the 15th century) of the University of Valladolid. Before that, he was at the San Ambrosio school in Valladolid and went to the University as a result of the expulsion of the Jesuits in 1767. The manuscript currently consists of 230 folios, 355 x 245 mm., But originally it was larger, since its folios were cut at their margins by at least one centimeter.

The writing is the perfect Visigothic round, similar to that shown by other codices from the Kingdom of León from the same period. 14 folios have disappeared, and it is very probable that the five folios with the genealogies that the Vitrina 14-2 of the National Library of Madrid has (the Blessed of Fernando I and Doña Sancha, also available) are his. The manuscript was composed at the request of his abbot Sempronio, by a monk named Oveco, from the monastery of Santa María de Valcavado, on the banks of the Carrión river, to the north and not far from Saldaña. And he did it in a very short time, since he was working 92 days (June 8 to September 8, 970), at a rate of five and a half pages a day, which constitutes a record for early medieval uses.

Apart from the abundant ornate initials, it currently consists of 97 miniatures, some in double folio and many others in full folio, generally in good condition. The drawing technique and the colors are similar to those of his brothers mentioned and are inserted in the style of the great Leon school started by Magio and developed by other scribes such as Senior or Emeterio. A characteristic of this school is to divide the miniature into bands of different colors in an attempt to gain perspective. The Commentary of Saint Jerome on the Book of Daniel, in which the miniature of the Supper of King Belshazzar stands out, follows a different pictorial technique.

Facsimile edition of the year 2000, numbered, certified and limited to 980 copies.

Facsimile bound in embossed leather, with 2 silver clasps, guide tape, format 27 x 35.5 cm, 462 pages. Complementary study book bound in padded hard cover and illustrated, format 23.5 x 32 cm.

Complete copy and in perfect condition.

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