The J. Paul Getty Museum

Guide for Constructing the Letter R

Object Details

Title:

Guide for Constructing the Letter R

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. 138

Dimensions:

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

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Object Description

In this example of a letter Rfrom Joris Hoefnagel's constructed alphabet, the artist provides both a geometric template and a completed character on the square grids at the center of the page. The letter also introduces the phrase written in gold at the bottom of the page "Rex omnis terrae Deus psallite" (Sing praises to God, King of all the earth), which inspired the inclusion of a singing cherub at center and a pipe organ at bottom. The earth appears twice, presenting both of its hemispheres, with California visible at far left.

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