Miniature from the Vatican Vergil
Date Early 5th century CE
Movement Early Christian
Medium Tempera on vellum
Dimensions 8.625 x 7.25″
Housed at Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Rome
This copy of Virgil’s Aeneid was created in the same scriptorium as the Quedlinburg Itala—it is therefore possible then that pagan devices were used in Christian works. Like the scene in the Quedlinburg Itala, the artist here also employs illusionism with a soft, setting atmosphere, architecture in the distance, and a landscape that surrounds the narrative.