Thursday, April 12, 2018

April 12 IFJM The Last Judgement in Initial C

The Last Judgement in Initial C
 A Miniature from a 20 Volume set of Choir Books 
Created for 
The Camaldolese Convent of Santa Maria degli Angeli, Florence
 It was 135 years in the making
1370-1505 AD 

An eye for eye, tooth for a tooth. "It's all fun and games until someone loses an eye." Jesus said this in 30 AD. Ok I am paraphrasing, but you get the idea. 
There is everlasting peace for those who believe in love and compassion, even for our enemies. That is what this illustration is alluding to.

According to the sixteenth-century biographer Giorgio Vasari these illuminated texts were the most beautiful in all of Italy.  He even contemplated taking them for the Basilica of Saint Peter’s. as even Pope Leo admired them.

This pages has the  initial C on it which represents one of the responses for the celebration of the Office of the Dead. (who knew the dead had an office? I must look into other translation of this word) 

The response in latin

Credo quod redemptor meus vivit, et novissimo die terra resurrecturus sum, et in carnee mea videbo Deum, Salvatorem meum

The response in English

 I believe that my Redeemer lives, and that on the last day I shall rise from the earth and in my flesh I shall see God, my Savior.

This song continues to be sung by the young and old in choirs all over the world.