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Menologion of Basil II – Wikipedia

– Description: – Manuscript is a synaxarion, not a menologion – Contains over 430 images of saints and their feast days – Covers only half […]

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– Description:
– Manuscript is a synaxarion, not a menologion
– Contains over 430 images of saints and their feast days
– Covers only half of the Byzantine liturgical year
– Images possibly acted as protectors of the Emperor
– Inspired subsequent menologia illustrations

– History:
– Copied and painted in Constantinople for Emperor Basil II
– Completed between 979 and early 11th century
– Owned by a Genoese doctor in the 14th century
– Acquired by Ludovico Sforza, Duke of Milan in the 15th century
– Currently housed in the Vatican library

– Artists:
– Painters used perspective and lifelike depictions
– Figures’ gestures and drapery are realistic
– Facial expressions painted in a naturalistic style
– Names of eight painters recorded in the manuscript
– Painting style reflects the Macedonian Renaissance period

– Further Reading:
– Various publications on the Menologion of Basil II available
– Books provide in-depth studies and analyses of the manuscript
– Scholarly works explore different aspects of the artwork
– References include studies on the artists and historical context
– Publications offer insights into Byzantine art and culture

– External Links:
– Wikimedia Commons has related media on the Menologion of Basil II

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