Miniature from the Vatican Vergil

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.