Radziwill Chronicle

Radziwiłł Chronicle


(also, Königsberg Chronicle), an ancient Russian chronicle compilation similar to the Lauren-tian Chronicle. The Radziwiłł Chronicle, one of the Vladimir-Suzdal’ chronicles, covers events from the period of the Slavic migrations to 1206. The extant copy dates from the late 15th century and appears to be a copy of a 13th-century manuscript. Originally owned by the Lithuanian prince B. Radziwiłł, the chronicle was acquired by the Königsberg Library. In the mid-18th century it passed to the St. Petersburg Academy of Sciences. The chronicle is notable for its large number of polychrome miniatures (617), which are a valuable source for the study of the material culture, political symbolism, and art of ancient Rus’.


Radzivillovskaia ili Kenigsbergskaia letopis’. St. Petersburg, 1902.
Podobedova, O. P. Miniatiury russkikh istoricheskikh rukopisei: K islorii russkogo litsevogo letopisaniia. Moscow, 1965. [21—983—4]
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Only two illuminated histories written in Slavonic had been produced in the East Slavic lands before the LLS: the Chronicle of George Hamartolos and the Radziwill Chronicle.
The same can be said of the Radziwill Chronicle, composed in the 1490s (Fig.
1495, create a sense of movement--here a battle between Prince Vsevolod and Prince Gleb of Riazan Source: Radziwill Chronicle fol.
The LLS is much more profusely illustrated than typical medieval or early modern illustrated manuscripts: the Hamartolos and Radziwill Chronicles, as we have seen, were not as fully illustrated; in the Khludov Psalter, produced in Novgorod before 1300, 291 folios include only 3 full-page miniatures and 116 smaller ones.
22) Unlike anything in the Hamartolos or Radziwill Chronicles, this narrative style had rarely been used before in book illumination, and it added tremendous energy to the manuscript.