- Download (16.43 MB)
This image is available for download, without charge, under the Getty's Open Content Program.
Open Content images tend to be large in file-size. To avoid potential data charges from your carrier, we recommend making sure your device is connected to a Wi-Fi network before downloading.
Initial E: Jonah Cast into the Sea
Lille (probably), France (Place created)
Tempera colors, black ink, and gold leaf on parchment
Leaf: 47 x 32.2 cm (18 1/2 x 12 11/16 in.)
Beginning the section of the
In the Bible's letter E, two sailors throw the prophet overboard and into the mouth of an enormous fish. The artist was clearly interested in decorative pattern, but he or she was also concerned with naturalistic visual effects, such as the transparency of the water, through which the boat, the fish, and Jonah himself can be seen.
Exhibition of Illuminated Manuscripts (1908)
- Burlington Fine Arts Club (London), 1908
The Glory of the Gothic Page (December 16, 2003 to March 7, 2004)
- The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), December 16, 2003 to March 7, 2004
Students make a class alphabet book using images of animals to illustrate each letter of the alphabet in the style of a medieval manuscript.
Visual Arts; English–Language Arts