Municipal Library of Lyon, ms. 0439.
x 220 mm.
Miniatures: 48 full page illuminated.
Binding: Embossed bovine brown leather.
The Apocalipsis of Lyon can be dated between 1445 and
1450 and was written in the artistic and literary area of northern
France in the region of Picardie and Artois and it was most probably
produced in Arras or Cambrai.
This manuscript was kept during the XVI and XVII
century in the area of Arras, in fact two well recognised experts from
northern France, Alexander le Blancq and later Maximilien Charles of
Coupigny confirm this fact.
text is made up of 230 verses in Latin, the first eight verses as a
means of introduction explaining to the reader the relationship between
text and images, the last eight verses are the conclusion of the
The rest of the Manuscript is divided in miniatures
and four verses per page; the two verses situated above the images
are a resume of the Apocalipsis while the two texts situated below are a
commentary of each image.
The particular way the text and the images are
structured make the Apocalipsis of Lyon a unique work of art.
Illuminated miniatures illustrate the text of the Apocalipsis using a
unique technique of that particular time very close to the coloured
drawing with an extensive use of vivid colours among which thepowerful
Crimson stands out, in this manner the artist of the Apocalipsis becomes
more than just a simple illuminator.
There is no doubt that the illuminator was well
documented in the origins of the text of the Apocalipsis and most likely
was advised by an expert in Theology, all this activity reveals a unique
and consummate artist.
The facsimile edition of the Illuminated Apocalipsis
of Lyon is encased for its conservation together with a complementary
consists of a single edition
of 995 numbered
copies, duly authenticated