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Unfinished Miniature Illustrating Revelation 13:16-18, In 'The Abingdon Apocalypse'

Unfinished Miniature Illustrating Revelation 13:16-18, In 'The Abingdon Apocalypse'

Date: 1270

Shelfmark: Additional MS 42555

Item number: f.44v

Length: 33

Width: 20

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated Manuscript

This Apocalypse manuscript contains the Latin text of the biblical book of Revelation, written on versos, with a commentary in French on the facing rectos, each with a miniature. The manuscript takes its name from two added inscriptions: one states that it was given to the Benedictine abbey of St. Mary, Abingdon, by a bishop of Salisbury; the other records that it was lent by the abbot and convent of Abingdon in 1362 to Joan, wife of King David II of Scotland.

This unfinished miniature shows up a particular feature of the production process: up to this point the designs are drawn in black ink, while on the following several pages they are in brown ink. This miniature marks the transition: the left and upper middle part is done in black; the right and lower middle part in brown.

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