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Four Men kneeling before God

Object Details


Four Men kneeling before God


Boucicaut Master or workshop (French, active about 1390 - 1430)




Paris, France (Place Created)


about 1413–1415


Tempera colors, gold leaf, gold paint, and ink

Object Number:

Ms. 63 (96.MR.17), fol. 32v


Leaf: 42 × 29.6 cm (16 9/16 × 11 5/8 in.)

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Object Description

A blue cloud and a ring of red-winged angels surround the figure of God, echoing the colors found in the brilliant diapered background. The image may represent the episode from Saul's life when a group of prophets witnessed the spirit of God descend upon him. Though the figures in the image were probably meant to represent Old Testament Jews, scholars cannot determine their exact identity. The text that follows this image, prefacing the second section of Boccaccio's Concerning the Fates of Illustrious Men and Women, discusses the history of Saul, who became the first king of the Jews.