The J. Paul Getty Museum

The Assassination of Hieronymus, King of Syracuse

Object Details

Title:

The Assassination of Hieronymus, King of Syracuse

Artist/Maker:

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

Culture:

French

Place:

Paris, France (Place Created)

Date:

about 1413–1415

Medium:

Tempera colors, gold leaf, gold paint, and ink on parchment

Object Number:

Ms. 63 (96.MR.17), fol. 153

Dimensions:

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

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Object Description

This image may represent the citizens of Syracuse killing their king, Hieronymus. The female figure who holds the king on her lap may be Demaratha, the king's daughter. She was later sliced to pieces in the temple before the altar of the gods, without regard for her noble status.