Gracienne Taking Leave of Her Father the Sultan

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Gracienne Taking Leave of Her Father the Sultan


Lieven van Lathem (Flemish, about 1430 - 1493, active 1454 - 1493)

David Aubert (Flemish, active 1453 - 1479)




Antwerp, Belgium (Place created)




Tempera colors, gold, and ink on parchment

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The last large image in the romance shows a scene concerning the Sultan of Egypt's daughter, Gracienne, whom the knight Gillion married after mistakenly believing his wife in Europe had died. Gracienne embraces her elderly father goodbye as she converts to Christianity and embarks on her new life in Europe. To the right, Gillion's entourage readies for the journey ahead. The distance they must travel is suggested by the winding paths, steep cliffs, and the twisting river that lead into an expansive landscape.

Although the castle and much of the clothing would have been familiar to medieval viewers, the artist also incorporated exotic references that would have captured the imagination of the audience, such as the camel to the far right and the alluring turbans and scimitars of the members of the Egyptian court.

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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
Miracles and Martyrs: Saints in the Middle Ages (August 29, 2013 to March 2, 2014)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), August 29, 2013 to March 2, 2014
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    Audio: Gillion's Second Wife Takes Leave of her Father, the Sultan (Exhibit: MIRACLES_MARTYRS)