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Commentary on the Apocalypse (Commentaria In Apocalypsin) was written in Spain by Beatus of Liébana in the 8th century. There are about thirty extant copies of the commentary in illuminated manuscript format, the earliest being from the 9th century. One of the later versions is the Rylands Beatus from the 12th century, owned by the John Rylands Library at the University of Manchester : from which the above images were sourced

The winged-ox symbol of the Evangelist Luke, from the seventeenth-century Armenian illuminated manuscript, the Amida Gospels, (Walters Art Museum, Ms W.541, fol. 113r). (Walters Museum)

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'Vanity" (1907) by English Pre-Raphaelite painter & illustrator Frank Cadogan Cowper (1877-1958). Oil on canvas. via Artemis Dreaming . The subject matter and composition of ‘Vanity’ are derived from Italian Renaissanc...