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The Fool and a Demon
Master of Jean de Mandeville (French, active 1350 - 1370)
Paris, France (Place Created)
about 1360 - 1370
Tempera colors, gold, and ink on parchment
Ms. 1, v1 (84.MA.40.1), fol. 284
Leaf: 34.9 × 26 cm (13 3/4 × 10 1/4 in.)
The fool says in his heart 'There is no God.'(
In the medieval period, lunacy was seen as a punishment inflicted by the devil. In the upper right corner of the miniature, a small demon crouches before the swirling gold decorative patterns, either the cause of the fool's lunacy or, perhaps, the agent inspiring the fool's denial.
Five Hundred Years of Manuscript Illumination (February 11 to June 1, 2003)
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