Codex Rossanensis, original Biblical manuscript, goes on display in Calabria
Following a lengthy restoration project, the world's oldest illustrated book will be put on display in the Calabrian town of Rossano - where it was discovered by chance 240 years ago.
|Codex Purpureus is an illuminated Greek evangeliary containing the
whole Gospel of Matthew, almost all the gospel |
of Mark, and a part of Eusebio’s letter to Copiano about the concordance of the gospels [Credit: ANSA]
The book features Greek text written in gold and silver ink on dyed parchment and contains a stunning series of biblical episodes illustrated in Byzantine style.
|Of the original 400 sheets, only 188 of decorated parchment dyed in purple remain [Credit: ANSA]|
“The book is the only one of its kind in the world and is of extraordinary historical, artistic and religious significance,” said Anna Russo, a spokesperson for the diocese of Rossano.
|Based on the style of the manuscript, most experts date the codex to the 6th or 7th century [Credit: ANSA]|
Inside the book's new high-tech display room, air temperature and humidity will be carefully controlled to stop its fragile pages from disintegrating.
Multimedia installments will tell visitors more about the history of the codex and allow them to explore its detailed illustrations.
|From the comparison with other artefacts of the same period, it is thought that the Codex was probably|
made in Syria, perhaps in in Antioch [Credit: ANSA]
The display at the Diocesean Museum of Rossano will open to the public from July 2nd.
Source: The Local [June 16, 2016]