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

Object Details

Title:

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

Artist/Maker(s):

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

David Aubert (Flemish, active 1453 - 1479)

Culture:

Flemish

Place(s):

Antwerp, Belgium (Place created)

Date:

after 1464

Medium:

Tempera colors, gold, and ink on parchment

Dimensions:

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

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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.

Related Works
Exhibitions
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, (Cat.)