The J. Paul Getty Museum

Border with Zechariah's Vision of the High Priest and the Devil

Object Details

Title:

Border with Zechariah's Vision of the High Priest and the Devil

Artist/Maker:

Simon Bening (Flemish, about 1483 - 1561)

Culture:

Flemish

Place:

Bruges, Belgium (Place Created)

Date:

about 1525 - 1530

Medium:

Tempera colors, gold paint, and gold leaf on parchment

Object Number:

Ms. Ludwig IX 19 (83.ML.115), fol. 165

Dimensions:

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

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Object Description

At the bottom right corner of this border, the prophet Zechariah looks up at a vision of Satan assailing the high priest Joshua. Medieval commentators saw a parallel between the Old Testament story of the priest Joshua and Jesus' plight as described in the New Testament. Simon Bening expressed this parallel visually by having Joshua--also unfairly accused--stand next to Satan just as Jesus stands next to Pilate in the facing miniature.