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 Beatus of the Seo de Urgel, with texts in English.
Edition with texts in English of the work “The Beatus of the Seo of Urgel and all its miniatures”, by Antonio Cagigós Soro, edited by Testimonio for the Diocesan Museum of Urgel in 2001.
Hardcover bound book lined with printed cloth and decorated with a miniature 83 color foil (folio 196v), “The Siege of Jerusalem.” Format 24 x 32 cm. 240 illustrated pages. This copy presents the binding with slight signs of use and a scratch on the back cover, interior in perfect condition. A single copy available in English.
This book is not the study book that accompanied the extraordinary facsimile of this Beatus by the publisher Testimonio de Madrid in 1997 (available on this website); However, it is a book that could well be considered essential and complementary to it and of great interest for its understanding.
This same work is also available on this website in Spanish and French.
The Blessed de la Seu d’Urgell 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 this act is incorporated at the beginning of the book.
“Whoever flips through a Beatus for the first time has a puzzling feeling. He has the impression of dealing with a book written in code and in a certain sense it is. Vertigo assails you before daring and fantastic images to the implausible. The representations of the Beatus are unusual and fascinating. But above all they are symbolic.
Without interpretation keys the symbols can make of this book a sealed story with seven seals, that is, incomprehensible. Once its language has been deciphered, it is an open book whose meaning transcends the time of its immediate recipients. We, too, are now your recipients. The conflicts between good and evil, persecutions, manipulations, and even absolutism, have not changed so much, or at least we have them now, too, although dressed differently.
Our Blessed de la Seu d’Urgell was written and illustrated about a thousand years ago. One imagines the anonymous miniaturists of a convent, writing and painting it by candlelight, on the long and dark winter evenings.
In writing this book, I just want to be a simple candle that illuminates a little the labyrinth of symbolism that is always a Blessed. A candle that sheds a little light on the miniatures of the codex, and on its meaning for yesterday and today. To project, I say, because I am content to be a mirror that diffuses the light that specialists have already turned on. ”
(From the author’s note).
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