The J. Paul Getty Museum

Psalter

Object Details

Title:

Psalter

Artist/Maker:

Unknown

Culture:

Flemish

Place:

Bruges (possibly), Belgium (Place Created)

Date:

mid-1200s

Medium:

Tempera colors, gold leaf, and ink on parchment bound between pasteboard covered with black morocco

Object Number:

Ms. 14 (85.MK.239)

Dimensions:

Leaf: 23.5 × 16.5 cm (9 1/4 × 6 1/2 in.)

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Provenance
Provenance
14th century

Benedictine Abbey of Notre-Dame de Montebourg
Source: Mentioned twice on folio 172v, and 174; a) in a fourteenth century hand, b) in a late fifteenth century hand

until 1985

Private Collection [sold, Manuscrits et Livres, Ader Picard Tajan, Paris, June 21, 1985, lot 1, to J. Paul Getty Museum. ]

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
Illuminated Liturgical Manuscripts (January 22 to March 30, 1986) (fols. 8v-9)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu), January 22 to March 30, 1986
The Decorated Letter (January 14 to March 29, 1992) (fols. 16v-17)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu), January 14 to March 29, 1992
The Passion of Christ in Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts (April 11 to July 5, 1992) (fols. 12v-13)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu), April 11 to July 5, 1992
The Psalms and Their Illustration (April 27 to July 3, 1993) (fols. 12v-13)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu), April 27 to July 3, 1993
Harmonies of Heaven and Earth: Musicians and Instruments in Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts (January 25 to April 10, 1994) (fols. 16v-17)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu), January 25 to April 10, 1994
Ars et Ingenium: The Illuminator's Craft and Genius (July 26 to October 9, 1994) (fols. 8v-9)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu), July 26 to October 9, 1994
Illuminating the Mind's Eye: Memory and Medieval Book Arts (July 23 to October 6, 1996) (fols. 9v-10)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu), July 23 to October 6, 1996
Manuscript Illumination of the 13th Century (January 21 to April 6, 1997) (fols. 16v-17)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu), January 21 to April 6, 1997
The Psalms and Their Illustration (February 1 to April 23, 2000) (fols. 12v-13)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), February 1 to April 23, 2000
The Book of Kings: Art, War, and the Morgan Library's Medieval Picture Bible (October 27 to December 29, 2002) (fols. 16v-17)
  • Walters Art Museum (Baltimore), October 27 to December 29, 2002
The Glory of the Gothic Page (December 16, 2003 to March 7, 2004) (fols. 6v-7)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), December 16, 2003 to March 7, 2004
Shrine and Shroud: Textiles in Illuminated Manuscripts (June 28 to October 2, 2005) (fols. 10v-11)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), June 28 to October 2, 2005
The Decorated Letter (November 13, 2007 to January 27, 2008) (fols. 16v-17)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), November 13, 2007 to January 27, 2008
Temptation and Salvation: The Psalms of King David (June 9 to August 16, 2009) (fols. 109v-110)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), June 9 to August 16, 2009
The Old Testament in Medieval Manuscript Illumination (June 1 to August 8, 2010) (fols. 16v-17)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), June 1 to August 8, 2010
Illuminated Manuscripts from Belgium and the Netherlands (August 24, 2010 to February 6, 2011) (fols. 4v-5; fols. 12v-13)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), August 24, 2010 to February 6, 2011
Heaven, Hell, and Dying Well: Images of Death in the Middle Ages (May 29 to August 12, 2012) (fols. 109v-110)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), May 29 to August 12, 2012
Chivalry in the Middle Ages (July 8 to November 30, 2014) (fols. 4v-5)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), July 8 to November 30, 2014
Eat, Drink, and Be Merry: Food in the Middle Ages and Renaissance (October 13, 2015 to January 3, 2016) (fols. 8v-9)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), October 13, 2015 to January 3, 2016
Outcasts: Prejudice and Persecution in the Medieval World (January 30 to April 8, 2018) (fols. 63v-64)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), January 30 to April 8, 2018
Painted Prophecy: The Hebrew Bible through Christian Eyes (March 10 to June 22, 2020) (fols. 10v-11)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), March 10 to June 22, 2020
Bibliography
Bibliography

Ader Picard Tajan, Paris. Manuscrits et livres.June 21, 1985, unpaginated, no. 1, ill., cover ill.

"Acquisitions/1985." The J. Paul Getty Museum Journal 14 (1986), pp. 206-7, no. 104, ill.

Stones, Alison. Review of The painted chamber at Westminster, by Paul Binski.The Burlington Magazine130 (1988), p. 143.

Noel, William, and Daniel Weiss, eds. The Book of Kings: Art, War, and the Morgan Library's Medieval Picture Bible (Baltimore: Walters Art Museum, 2002), pp. 55, 179, no. 23, ill.

Hedeman, Anne D. "Gothic Manuscript Illustration: The Case of France." In A Companion to Medieval Art: Romanesque and Gothic in Northern Europe. Conrad Rudolph, ed. (Oxford: Blackwell, 2006), pp. 427-29, figs. 20-1.

Morrison, Elizabeth. Beasts: Factual & Fantastic (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum; London: The British Library, 2007), p. 19, fig. 10.

Oliver, Judith H. "Te Matrem Laudamus: The Many Roles of Mary in a Liège Psalter-Hours." In The Cambridge Illuminations: Conference Proceedings. Stella Panayotova, ed. (London: Harvey Miller, 2007), pp. 162, 171, fig. 15.

Kolve, Verdel A. Telling Images: Chaucer and the Imagery of Narrative II (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2009), pp. xi, 116-17, fig. IV.14.

Kren, Thomas. Illuminated Manuscripts from Belgium and the Netherlands in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2010), pp. 10, 40-42, 128, ill.

Scott, Margaret. Fashion in the Middle Ages (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2011), pp. 15, 23, 27, 58, 78, 93, 95, figs. 3, 12, 37, 70.

Günther, Jörn. Pagina Sacra: Bibles and Biblical Texts 1050-1511 (Stalden: Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books, 2011), p. 108.

Black, Maggie. The Medieval Cookbook. Rev. ed. (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2012), p. 55, fig. 21.

Carlvant, Kerstin. Manuscript Painting in Thirteenth-Century Flanders: Bruges, Ghent and the Circle of the Counts (London; Turnhout: Harvey Miller, 2012), pp. 387-89.

Stones, Alison. Gothic Manuscripts 1260-1320. 2 vols. (London: Harvey Miller, 2013), part 1 (2013), vol. 1, pp. 18n7, 48n7.

Leson, Richard. Review of "Manuscript Painting in Thirteenth-Century Flanders: Bruges, Ghent and the Circle of the Counts," by Kerstin Carlvant. The Medieval Review 14.01.09 (2014).

Oliver, Judith. "Christian Calendars and Secular Labors of the Months: A Reassessment." In Tributes to Adelaide Bennett Hagens: Manuscripts, Iconography, and the Late Medieval Viewer. Pamela A. Patton et al., eds. (London: Harvey Miller Publishers, 2017), pp. 111-131.