Augustus Caesar; Zodiacal Sign of Leo

Object Details

Title:

Augustus Caesar; Zodiacal Sign of Leo

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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The month of August, named after Roman emperor Augustus Caesar, features him beneath the arch. The important feast days celebrating Saint Lawrence, the Assumption of the Virgin, and Saint Bartholomew, each marked in large capital letters written in alternating colors, fall in this month.

A lion appears as the zodiacal sign of Leo.

Related Works
Exhibitions
Transforming Tradition: Ancient Motifs in Medieval Manuscripts (September 23 to November 30, 2003)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), September 23 to November 30, 2003, (Cat.)