The Tábara Beatus

Beatus of Liébana (730–785) and others.0968

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The Manuscripts of the Commentary to the Apocalypse (Beatus of Liébana).

The manuscripts known as Beatus are a series of codices and fragments that contain the copy of the Commentary to Apocalypse, attributed to the monk Beatus of Liébana, who lived in the North the Iberian Peninsula in the second half of the 8th century. They’re considered the most beautiful and original manuscripts produced by medieval western civilization and have inspired some of the most famous contemporary literary and artistic works. They provide material proof of the transition from the Ancient World to the Medieval times in the fields of art, literacy and thought in the Mediterranean world and Western Europe.


  • Title: The Tábara Beatus
  • Creator: Beatus of Liébana (730–785) and others.
  • Date Created: 0968, 0970
  • Location: Spain and Portugal
  • Subject Keywords: Religion, Christianity, Illuminated Manuscript
  • Rights: Secretary of State for Culture – General Directorate of Fine Arts and Cultural Heritage and of Archives (Spain) and Libraries and of Archives and Libraries and Secretary of State of Culture General Directorate of Books, Archives, and Libraries General Directorate of the National Library of Portugal
  • Medium: Manuscript

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