The Apocalypse of Lyon can be dated between 1445 and 1450 and was written in the literary and artistic environment of northern France, in the region of Picardie and Artois, can be said that most likely occurred in Arras or Cambrai. The manuscript was preserved during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries in the area of Arras; two exlibris of two renowned bibliophiles northern France, Alexandre le Blancq and then Maximilien Charles de Coupigny, attest to this. Currently this beautiful manuscript is kept in the Municipal Library of Lyon (France), Ms. symbol 0439.
The text consists of 230 Latin verses; the top eight, by way of introduction, tell the reader how to jointly address the text and images, and the last eight, the conclusion. The rest is divided between the thumbnails and four lines per page. The two lines located above the images summarize the Apocalypse, while the two below are a commentary for each image.
How to structure the text and image in the Apocalypse of Lyon make this issue a unique work.
48 miniatures illustrate the text of Revelation, using a unique technique at that time, next to the colored drawing, with an extensive range of bright colors, among which a beautiful and “powerful” vermilion.
The Apocalypse of Lyon illuminator goes far beyond being a mere illustrator. It certainly must be documented in the genesis of the text of the Apocalypse or maybe it was advised by a theologian. All this makes our illuminating an accomplished artist.
This beautiful facsimile edition of the Apocalypse of Lyon is completed with a closed case, format 26 x 34.5 x 4.5 cm, for better conservation and a book of complementary studies, conducted by Dr.. Michèle Lefebvre and specialists matter, 25.5 x 32 cm format.
Facsimile in numbered limited edition of 995 copies, duly authenticated by affidavit. 23.5 x 31 cm format. 52 pages with 48 full-page miniatures rich with gold. Cowhide leather binding embossed dry and aged. Written in Latin.
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