The full-page miniature of the Transfiguration is one of a series of illuminations representing events from Jesus' life in a Byzantine Gospel book. The feast of the Transfiguration is one of the twelve major holidays of the Byzantine church, which explains why the subject received a lavish, full-page miniature in this book.
Full-page illumination of the Transfiguration in a Byzantine Gospel book.

Matthew 17:2-3 [Latin]

And he was transfigured before them. And his face did shine as the sun: and his garments became white as snow.

And behold there appeared to them Moses and Elias talking with [Jesus].

Resplenduit facies ejus sicut sol: vestimenta autem ejus facta sunt alba sicut nix. Et ecce apparuerunt illis Moyses et Elias loquentes cum Jesu.


Resplenduit facies ejus (2021 premiere), motet intended as an introit for the August 6 Feast of the Transfiguration – composed by Graham Keitch (b. 1956)

Resplenduit facies ejus - Graham Keitch

^Performed by Kinnison Choral

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A likeness of Vivanco on the original cover page of his Liber Magnificarum
A likeness of Vivanco on the original cover page of his Liber Magnificarum

Matthew 17:1-2,5 [Latin]

1 And after six days Jesus taketh unto him Peter and James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into a high mountain apart:

And he was transfigured before them. And his face did shine as the sun: and his garments became white as snow.

And as he was yet speaking, behold a bright cloud overshadowed them. And lo, a voice out of the cloud, saying: This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased: hear ye him.

Assumpsit Jesus petrum, et Jacobum, et Joannem fratrem eius, et duxit eos in montem excelsum seorsum, et transfiguratus est ante eos. Et ecce vox de nube dicens: Hic est filius meus dilectus, in quo mihi bene complacui, ipsum audite.


Assumpsit Jesus Petrum, from Liber motectorum, Salamanca (1610), composed by Sebastián de Vivanco (c1551-1622)

Sebastián de Vivanco - Assumpsit Iesus Petrum

Performed by Música Reservata de Barcelona

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