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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
Leaf: 34.9 x 26 cm (13 3/4 x 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.