Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 16, No. 121.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
Date: Fri, 12 Jul 2002 06:11:23 +0100
From: "Kimberly Bento" <Bento@dhm.de>
Subject: Virtual Library: The Bamberg Apocalypse
Virtual Library: The Bamberg Apocalypse
The Deutsches Historisches Museum (German Historical Museum) in Berlin,
Germany and the State Library of Bamberg would like to present a digital
reproduction of the Bamberg Apocalypse.
The Bamberg Apocalypse was written in Latin and decorated with 49 pictures
around 1000 A.D. on an island in southern Germany in Lake Constance called
Reichenau. Kaiser Heinrich II and his wife, Kunigunde, later presented it
to the St. Stephan Diocese in 1020. Today it is kept in the State Library
of Bamberg, and in 2002 it will be added to the UNESCO World Cultural
Heritage list. The CD-ROM makes it possible to leaf through the document as
if with a real book and see the full magnificence of the script on a
computer monitor. In addition, explanations to the pictures are
superimposed, details can be seen the help of a magnifying glass, and with
a mouse click, the Latin text is translated into German or English.
Consequently, an excellent, not to mention affordable and easy to use
"virtual book" of one of the most significant medieval miniature scripts,
has been developed.
More information and ordering available at:
As of 9 July 2002 the original Bamberg Apocalypse can be seen in the
Bavarian state exhibition, "Kaiser Heinrich II". The digital reproduction
will be available at the exhibition for 20 EUR.
Other important medieval scripts, such as the famous song script "Codex
Manesse", the "Sachsenspiegel" and the "Golden Bull" ("Goldene Bulle"), in
addition to the Bamberg Apocalypse, will be available to be read page for
page in the virtual library of the Deutsches Historisches Museum. The
virtual library will offer visitors of the permanent exhibition an insight
into the fascinating world of the medieval art of bookmaking.
Deutsches Historisches Museum Multimedia
Unter den Linden 2
Tel: +49 (030) 20 30 4-213
Fax: +49 (030) 20 30 4-543
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