Saint Veronica Displaying the Sudarium

Object Details

Title:

Saint Veronica Displaying the Sudarium

Artist/Maker(s):

Master of Guillebert de Mets (Flemish, active about 1410 - 1450)

Culture:

Flemish

Place(s):

Ghent (probably), Belgium (Place created)

Date:

about 1450 - 1455

Medium:

Tempera colors, gold leaf, and ink on parchment

Dimensions:

Leaf: 19.4 x 14 cm (7 5/8 x 5 1/2 in.)

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According to legend, Saint Veronica wiped the face of Christ with her veil (or sudarium) as he carried the cross to Calvary, and the veil retained an imprint of Jesus' likeness. This holy relic was revered as a true likeness of Christ and became a popular devotional image that artists reproduced in various media.

This miniature introduces a prayer on the opposing page to the Holy Face of Christ (Salve sancta facies), which was written around 1300 and is often incorporated into books of hours. The popularity of this prayer testifies to the growing interest in the later Middle Ages in Christ's suffering during his Passion.

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  • The J. Paul Getty Museum, (Malibu), April 11 to July 5, 1992, (Cat.)
Illuminating the Mind's Eye: Memory and Medieval Book Arts (July 23 to October 6, 1996)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum, (Malibu), July 23 to October 6, 1996, (Cat.)
Faces of Power and Piety: Portraits in Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts (February 2 to April 18, 1999)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), February 2 to April 18, 1999, (Cat.)
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  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), June 28 to October 2, 2005, (Cat.)
Faces of Power and Piety: Portraiture in the Middle Ages and Renaissance (August 12 to October 26, 2008)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), August 12 to October 26, 2008, (Cat.)
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