The J. Paul Getty Museum

Initial D: Christ Enthroned

Object Details

Title:

Initial D: Christ Enthroned

Artist/Maker:

Master of the Ingeborg Psalter (French, active about 1195 - about 1210)

Culture:

French

Place:

Noyon (probably), France (Place Created)

Date:

after 1205

Medium:

Tempera colors and gold leaf on parchment

Object Number:

Ms. 66 (99.MK.48), fol. 123

Dimensions:

Leaf: 31 × 21.9 cm (12 3/16 × 8 5/8 in.)

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Object Description

Within an initial D, Christ, flanked by angels, sits on a throne with a small figure, bent over in submission, under each foot. The illuminator showed Christ's garments falling in natural, asymmetrical folds that give the sense of a three-dimensional body beneath. This volumetric presence of Christ is an important component in conveying his utter dominance of the enemies at his feet--the topic of the first sentence of Psalm 109: "I will make a footstool of your enemies."