Narrative and the Illustrated Book
roll to codex
Be sure to understand the transition from roll to codex
Column of Trajan, Rome
-continuous narrative in scroll-like format

Heracles poem from 3rd c.
papyrus scroll

Vergil, Vergilius Romanus, fol. 3v
-author portrait tradition

Quedlinburg Itala, Saul and Samuel, fol. 2r, early 5th century, Rome?
cf. Vergilius Vaticanus, Georgics (below)

Vergilius Vaticanus, fol. 5v, Georgics, 1st quarter 5th c., Rome?
cf. Quedlinburg Itala
verg vatverg vat2

Vergilius Vaticanus, fol. 5v, Georgics, 1st quarter 5th c., Rome?

Vergilius Vaticanus, Death of Dido, fol. 40r


Ilias Ambrosiana (Milan Illiad), Alexandria, 2nd half 5th c., 4 7/8 x 8 5/8”
cf. Taking of Jericho (Joshua 6:1-25), Sta. Maria Maggiore, Rome)

Vienna Dioscurides, Anicia Juliana, fol. 6v
Vienna Dioscurides, Dioscurides, fol. 5v
Violet, fol. 148v; Coral fol. 391v

c. second quarter sixth century

Vienna Genesis
Rebecca and Eliezer at the well, folio 7r, early sixth century, 1’ 1/4” X 9 1/4”.
cf. Column of Trajan
-think about the transmission from roll to codex and how it will affect the arrangement of images

Rossano Gospels, sixth century, c 12 x 10 1/4"
Raising of Lazarus
Christ before Pilate
-possible source in larger scale painting
St. Mark
-tradition of author portraits carries over to Gospel authors as well

Rabbula Gospels, 586 AD, made by monk named Rabbula for monastery in Zagba, Syria, c. 13 x 10.5"
Crucifixion and Ascension

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