Manuela Vestri
The Codex

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The Codex Amiatinus

Only the most modern techniques and help from various private and public entities have made it possible to offer a series of "copies" of the Bible which could satisfy the requirements imposed by scientific research. The manuscript, after being unbound, has been reproduced on a series of negatives, which have been used at first for making a replica of the same dimensions (donated to the Abbey of San Salvatore for its Museum), and then several smaller facsimiles for sale to libraries and individuals as well as a CD-Rom, allowing for a more widespread range of research, from the most simple to the most complex.
During the phases of the reproduction, carried out in the Laurentian Library, scholars from various disciplines and of different nationalities have been able to study the original, and deepen their codicological, liturgical, musicological, and art history research. As well, scientific analyses have been made of the colours of the miniatures.
With the collaboration of various professionals, from librarians to restorers, from biologists to chemists, research has been carried out institutionally with results contributing to the understanding of the codex, especially as regarding the vexed question of the ordering of the leaves belonging to the first gathering. In fact, it has been discovered that these folios were arranged in a sequence different than the one known until now. The 'new' ordering corresponds to the one the leaves have had for the longest period of time until the manuscript's rebinding before 1784, the year in which it was fully described by the Laurentian Librarian Angelo Maria Bandini. This arrangement is carefully followed in the reduced-size facsimiles.