The J. Paul Getty Museum

Decorated Text Page with a VD Monogram

Object Details

Title:

Decorated Text Page with a VD Monogram

Artist/Maker:

Unknown

Culture:

German

Place:

Hildesheim, Germany (Place Created)

Date:

probably 1170s

Medium:

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

Object Number:

Ms. 64 (97.MG.21), fol. 84v

Dimensions:

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

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Object Description

This incipit page displays the VD monogram of the prayer beginning Vere dignum (It is fitting and just) at the bottom of the page. the Lamb of God stands in a medallion inside a cross uniting the letters. Rectangular protrusions marking each side of the page frame four figures, personifications of the four cardinal virtues: Temperance pouring from a flask, Prudence holding a serpent, Fortitude in armor, and Justice with a pair of scales.