Initial F: The Tree of Jesse

Object Details

Title:

Initial F: The Tree of Jesse

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.)

See more

See less

Incorporated into the shape of the initial Fis the Tree of Jesse. This diagrammatic representation shows Jesus' supposed descent from King David's father Jesse through the Virgin Mary. The genealogy derives from a passage in Isaiah that describes a flower that will sprout from the "root of Jesse." The passage is inscribed on the vertical scroll held by the bearded man at the top right.

The initial opens the prayers for the Feast of the Assumption of the Virgin. It appears across the double-page spread from the miniature of the Assumption of the Virgin.

Related Works
Exhibitions
The Queen of the Angels (August 15 to November 5, 2000)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), August 15 to November 5, 2000, (Cat.)