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Saint John on Patmos

Object Details


Saint John on Patmos


Georges Trubert (French, active Provence, France 1469 - 1508)




Provence, France (Place Created)


about 1480 - 1490


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

Object Number:

Ms. 48 (93.ML.6), fol. 13


Leaf: 11.4 × 8.6 cm (4 1/2 × 3 3/8 in.)

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Object Description

Isolated on the Greek island of Patmos, a youthful Saint John inscribes the opening words of his account of the life of Christ on a scroll draped across his lap. An inkpot and the carrying case for his quill pen are at his feet, and his symbol, the eagle, is perched in front of him. The illuminator, Georges Trubert, depicted the nearby islands and ships with careful precision. Especially remarkable are the two distant islands, which appear in very faint blue on the horizon.

A Treasury of Fifteenth Century Manuscript Illumination (March 26 to June 16, 2002)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), March 26 to June 16, 2002
Landscape in the Renaissance (August 1 to October 15, 2006)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), August 1 to October 15, 2006