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The Birth of the Virgin

Object Details

Title:

The Birth of the Virgin

Artist/Maker:

Pseudo-Jacquemart de Hesdin (French, active about 1380 - 1415)

Culture:

French

Place:

Bourges (probably), France; Paris (or), France (Place Created)

Date:

about 1410

Medium:

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

Object Number:

Ms. 36 (89.ML.3), fol. 71v

Dimensions:

Leaf: 17.9 × 13.3 cm (7 1/16 × 5 1/4 in.)

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Object Description

Mary's mother, Anna, rests in her bed shortly after giving birth to the Virgin, while several female attendants care for her. At the lower right, one of the women prepares a bath for Mary. As an angel fills the tub, the attendant cradles the Virgin and tests the bath water with her fingertips.

The Birth of the Virgin was an important feast in the Middle Ages, and this image precedes prayers for the mass on that day.

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
Recent Acquisitions of Illuminated Manuscripts, 1984-1989 (July 17 to September 30, 1989)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu), July 17 to September 30, 1989
French Illumination in the Late Middle Ages (October 15 to December 29, 1991)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu), October 15 to December 29, 1991
Devotion and Desire: Views of Women in the Middle Ages and Renaissance (July 25 to October 8, 1995)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu), July 25 to October 8, 1995
Picturing the Medieval Family (May 4 to July 18, 1999)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), May 4 to July 18, 1999
"In the Beginning was the Word": Medieval Gospel Illumination (August 30 to November 27, 2011)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), August 30 to November 27, 2011