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“The Dragon and the Woman clothed with the Sun”. Beato de Liébana.

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The MS. 11695 kept at the British Library and so-called Silos Apocalypse belongs to one of the most authentic manuscript traditions of the medieval Iberian Peninsula. It is one exemplar of the 32 preserved, copied from the late 8th to the 14th century, widely known as “Beatos”. Each one of these Beatos transmits a thorough, passionate and lavishly illuminated commentary on the Apocalypse of St John of Patmos as well as other texts like the treatise De adfinitatibus et gradibus (a chapter from St Isidore’s Etymologies) and the Commentary on Daniel by Jerome, that were added to the volume as early as the 10th century.

Castro Correa, A. “Codex of the month (II): London, BL, Add. Ms. 11695 (1) The ‘Beatos’”.
Littera Visigothica (November 2014), http://litteravisigothica.com/codex-of-the-month-british-library-ms-11695-beatos ‎(ISSN 2386-6330).

The full spread looks like this (also from Littera Visigotica)

London-British Library-Additional Ms. 11695-Beatus of Liébana-Commentary on the Apocalypse

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