Alchandreus Presents His Work to a King

Object Details

Title:

Alchandreus Presents His Work to a King

Artist/Maker(s):

Virgil Master (French, active about 1380 - 1420)

Culture:

French

Place(s):

Paris, France (Place created)

Date:

about 1405

Medium:

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

Dimensions:

Leaf: 39 x 30.5 cm (15 3/8 x 12 in.)

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The philosopher Alchandreus kneels at the center of this image and presents his text to a king seated on an elaborate throne in a lavish reception hall. Alchandreus's subdued green robe contrasts with the vibrant blues and reds of the surrounding courtiers' luxurious costumes. In his book, Alchandreus cites Alexander the Great as an authority, so this scene may represent his dedication of the text to the king. The delicate ivy-leaf pattern that fills the border of this page is common in French manuscript illumination of the 1300s and 1400s.

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    Audio: Alchandreus Presents His Work to a King, feat. Elizabeth Morrison