Wisdom

Object Details

Title:

Wisdom

Artist/Maker(s):

Unknown

Culture:

German

Place(s):

Hildesheim, Germany (Place created)

Date:

probably 1170s

Medium:

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

Dimensions:

Leaf: 28.2 x 18.9 cm (11 1/8 x 7 7/16 in.)

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Within the arc of heaven, the personification of Wisdom, flanked by David and Abraham, supports God the Creator. Below her is the priest Zechariah, father of John the Baptist, and below him the patriarch Jacob.

This miniature and one other develop the theme of Wisdom's role in God's creation of the world. Together with the Annunciation on the following page, these miniatures introduce the portion of the manuscript containing the chants sung by the choir at Mass. All develop the theme of the promise of Christian salvation, which was present from the time of the Creation.

Related Works
Exhibitions
Rare Finds: Ten Years of Collecting Manuscripts (February 12 to April 20, 2008)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), February 12 to April 20, 2008, (Cat.)
Related Media
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    Audio: The Creation of the World / Wisdom (Stammheim Missal)