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Unfinished Miniature Illustrating Revelation 16:17-21, In 'The Abingdon Apocalypse'

Unfinished Miniature Illustrating Revelation 16:17-21, In 'The Abingdon Apocalypse'

Date: 1270

Shelfmark: Additional MS 42555

Item number: f.61v

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.

The garments worn by the angel are a good demonstration of how the artist could see the design of the under-drawings even after the first layer of paint had been applied.

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