The J. Paul Getty Museum

The Wall of Metals and Jewels Surrounding Angels and Saints

Object Details

Title:

The Wall of Metals and Jewels Surrounding Angels and Saints

Artist/Maker:

Simon Marmion (Flemish, active 1450 - 1489)

Culture:

Franco-Flemish

Place:

Valenciennes, France; Ghent, Belgium (Place Created)

Date:

1475

Medium:

Tempera colors, gold leaf, gold paint, and ink

Object Number:

Ms. 30 (87.MN.141.42), fol. 42

Dimensions:

Leaf: 36.3 × 26.2 cm (14 5/16 × 10 5/16 in.)

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Object Description

In this last miniature in the manuscript, the angel brings Tondal's soul to a beautiful wall in heaven, designed to give consolation and joy to the most deserving. The wall, according to the author "shimmered as if aflame [with] crystal, jasper, chrysolite, hyacinth, sapphire, emerald, onyx, topaz, sardonyx, chrysoprase, amethyst, and garnet." Tondal's soul is so inspired by the sight that he asks the angel if he can stay forever. The angel explains that he must return to his body and bids him to heed the lessons learned from the sights he has seen.

At the conclusion of his mystical journey, Tondal's soul is reunited with his body. Awakening from his illness, Tondal promptly asks for Communion and "donate[s] all his worldly good to the poor and order[s] the sign of the Cross put upon all his garments."

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
"The Visions of Tondal" and Manuscripts from the Time of Margaret of York (April 17 to July 1, 1990)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu), April 17 to July 1, 1990
Illuminating the Renaissance: The Triumph of Flemish Manuscript Painting in Europe (June 17, 2003 to February 22, 2004)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), June 17 to September 7, 2003
  • Royal Academy of Arts (London), November 29, 2003 to February 22, 2004
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