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A Judicial Duel Between Gillion's Son Gerard and the Emir Lucion

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A Judicial Duel Between Gillion's Son Gerard and the Emir Lucion


Lieven van Lathem (Flemish, about 1430 - 1493)

David Aubert (Flemish, active 1453 - 1479)




Antwerp, Belgium (Place Created)




Tempera colors, gold, and ink on parchment

Object Number:

Ms. 111 (2013.46), fol. 134v


Leaf: 37 × 25.5 cm (14 9/16 × 10 1/16 in.)

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Object Description

This miniature depicts one of the twin sons of the knight Gillion battling a Saracen admiral for the hand of a beautiful maiden. A look of agony is evident on the face of the defeated as he realizes that he has been vanquished by Gerard, who is about to deliver the death blow. Gerard, meanwhile, locks eyes with his beloved who is depicted on his shield. To the right, the two knights' horses engage in a battle of their own that echoes that of their masters. As a symbol of its master's righteousness, Gerard's horse is pure white, and it, too, is shown as superior to the opponent's horse.

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