Early mediaeval manuscripts for the bishopric of Bamberg. An exhibition in the Staatsbibliothek Bamberg
The Apocalypse or Secret Revelation of John is the last book of the New Testament. The text records prophecies about the end of the world and the creation of a new world. The Bamberg Apocalypse contains a total of fifty miniatures which provide an expressive and dramatic account of the world's final days. Here, John receives the book from the hands of an angel.
Originally, the binding of the Bamberg Apocalypse was decorated with this large agate stone. Together with another 46 precious stones, the agate was placed in the centre of the front cover made from gilt silver. The agate stone is today kept in Munich, Schatzkammer der Residenz - Bayerische Verwaltung der staatlichen Schlösser, Gärten und Seen.
Mediaeval manuscripts presented the text of the Song of Songs in different layouts. In this copy, the biblical text is written in larger letters in the centre of the page, while a commentary explaining the allegorical meaning has been added in the margins. Thus, the reader could focus his attention mainly on the biblical text...
Excellent: UNESCO Memory of the World
Exhibition of the Staatsbibliothek Bamberg
7 May - 28 July 2018
Texts: Bettina Wagner and Stefan Knoch
Photos: Gerald Raab
Layout: Yvonne Spindler and Carolin Benz