The Death of Noah

Object Details

Title:

The Death of Noah

Artist/Maker(s):

Unknown

Culture:

German

Date:

about 1400 - 1410

Medium:

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

Dimensions:

Leaf: 33.5 x 23.5 cm (13 3/16 x 9 1/4 in.)

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At the age of 950 years, Noah, who shepherded God's creatures through the Flood, died. He left behind three sons, from whom the human race descended, according to the Bible. The illumination visualizes his death in contemporary terms: The elderly patriarch lies in a simple wooden bed covered with a quilt and attended by members of his family.

This miniature completes the portion of the Weltchronik devoted to the life of Noah. Stories from the book of Genesis continue on the facing page with the tale of the Tower of Babel, accompanied by a miniature of the tower's construction.

Related Works
Exhibitions
Ten Centuries of Manuscript Illumination in Germany and Central Europe (July 21 to October 18, 1998)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), July 21 to October 18, 1998