The Beatus of la Seu d’Urgell and all its miniatures, a book of the first millennium with messages for today. 2001 edition of a complementary study on the Beato de la Seo de Urgel, with texts in English.
Edition with texts in English of the work “El Beato de la Seo de Urgel and all his miniatures”, by Antonio Cagigós Soro, published by Testimonio for the Diocesan Museum of Urgel in 2001.
Book bound in a hardcover covered in printed cloth and decorated with a color plate of miniature 83 (folio 196v), “The siege of Jerusalem”, and with a dust jacket with a window. Format 24 x 32 cm. 240 illustrated pages.
This book is not the study book that accompanied the extraordinary facsimile of this Blessed made by the Testimonio publishing house of Madrid in 1997 (available on this same website); However, it is a book that could well be considered essential and complementary to it and of enormous interest for its understanding.
This same work is also available on this same website in Spanish and French.
The Seu d’Urgell Beatus and all its miniatures, a book from the first millennium with messages for today, was delivered to Pope Saint John Paul II. A photograph of said act is incorporated at the beginning of the book.
“Whoever leafs through a Blessed for the first time has a disconcerting feeling. He has the impression that he is dealing with a book written in code, and in a certain sense he is. Vertigo assails him before some daring and fantastic images to the point of implausibility. The representations of the Blessed are unusual and fascinating. But above all they are symbolic.
Without interpretation keys, the symbols can make this book a story sealed with seven seals, that is, incomprehensible. Once its language is deciphered, it is an open book whose meaning transcends the time of its immediate recipients. We too, now, are the recipients of it. The conflicts between good and evil, the persecutions, the manipulations, and even the absolutisms, have not changed so much, or at least we also have them now, although dressed in a different way.
Our Beato de la Seu d’Urgell was written and illustrated about a thousand years ago. One imagines the anonymous miniaturists in a convent, writing and painting it by candlelight, on long, dark winter evenings.
When writing this book, I would just like to be a simple candle that sheds some light on the labyrinth of symbolism that is always a Blessed. A candle that sheds a bit of light on the miniatures in the codex, and on their meaning for yesterday and today. Project, I say, because I am satisfied with being a mirror diffusing the light that the specialists have already turned on.”
(From the author’s note).
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