Decorated Text Page

Object Details

Title:

Decorated Text Page

Artist/Maker:

Unknown

Culture:

Flemish

Place:

Bruges, Belgium (Place created)

Date:

about 1525 - 1530

Medium:

Tempera colors, gold paint, and gold leaf on parchment

Dimensions:

Leaf: 16.8 × 11.4 cm (6 5/8 × 4 1/2 in.)

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A pattern of pearls and gems set in precious metalwork decorates the border of this text page devoted to the story of Christ being led to Herod. On the right, Veronica holds up her veil with its miraculous image of Christ's face. The image was created when she used the cloth to wipe the sweat from his face as he carried the cross to the site of the Crucifixion. Below, the artist presents the image of Christ as the Lamb of God, a symbol meant to arouse the beholder's sympathy when contrasted with Christ's humiliation in the facing miniature.

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Exhibitions
Illuminated Books of Hours (July 22 to October 3, 1986)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu), July 22 to October 3, 1986
Adriaen Brouwer Focus Exhibition (September 27, 1995 to February 11, 1996)
  • National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.), September 27, 1995 to February 11, 1996