The J. Paul Getty Museum

Guide for Constructing the Letter Q

Object Details

Title:

Guide for Constructing the Letter Q

Artist/Maker:

Joris Hoefnagel (Flemish / Hungarian, 1542 - 1600)

Culture:

Flemish and Hungarian

Place:

Vienna, Austria (Place Created)

Date:

about 1591–1596

Medium:

Watercolors, gold and silver paint, and ink on parchment

Object Number:

Ms. 20 (86.MV.527), fol. 137v

Dimensions:

Leaf: 16.6 × 12.4 cm (6 9/16 × 4 7/8 in.)

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Object Description

This guide for making the letter Q illustrates both the schematic diagram and the finished form of the letter. The artist gave two tails to each Q, creating symmetrical characters that dominate the decoration of the page. The biblical verses at the center and at bottom praise God and his wonderful deeds. A cherub and trumpets at the top of the page, and vessels of burning incense at the bottom of the page, emphasize these celebratory phrases.

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
The Decorated Letter (January 14 to March 29, 1992)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu), January 14 to March 29, 1992
The Decorated Letter (November 13, 2007 to January 27, 2008)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), November 13, 2007 to January 27, 2008