Christ Led to Jerusalem by Mary and Joseph

Object Details

Title:

Christ Led to Jerusalem by Mary and Joseph

Artist/Maker(s):

Unknown

Culture:

English

Place(s):

Norfolk [perhaps] (written) East Anglia England York [perhaps] (illuminated) Northern England (Place created)

Date:

illumination about 1190; written about 1490

Medium:

Tempera colors and gold leaf on parchment

Dimensions:

Leaf: 17 x 12.1 cm (6 11/16 x 4 3/4 in.)

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In this touching scene, Joseph leads the diminutive Christ by his wrist while Mary, in a tender display of maternal guidance, places a hand on his shoulder. This illumination depicts a rarely illustrated event in the life of Christ. According to the Gospels, the twelve-year-old Jesus accompanied Mary and Joseph to Jerusalem to celebrate Passover. The Latin text at the bottom of the page beginning with "Ave Maria" ("Hail Mary") serves as a descriptive caption, added in the 1400s to identify the scene.

Related Works
Exhibitions
Imagining Christ (May 6 to July 27, 2008)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), May 6 to July 27, 2008