Initial V: An Angel before Micah

Object Details

Title:

Initial V: An Angel before Micah

Artist/Maker(s):

Unknown

Culture:

Franco-Flemish

Place(s):

Lille (probably), France (Place created)

Date:

about 1270

Medium:

Tempera colors, black ink, and gold leaf on parchment

Dimensions:

Leaf: 47 x 32.2 cm (18 1/2 x 12 11/16 in.)

See more

See less

In this Bible from the 1200s, an initial V introduces the Old Testament book of Micah. The scene inside the letter illustrates the following text: "The word of the Lord that came to Micah the Morasthite . . ." The illuminator added details not mentioned in the text to his representation of the scene, showing the prophet Micah in bed while an angel, its hand raised in a gesture of speech, delivers the "word of the Lord" represented by a scroll. Although he appears in bed, it is clear that Micah is not dreaming; his eyes are open and he glances toward the angel at the side of the bed.

Related Works
Exhibitions
The Making of a Medieval Book (November 17, 1998 to May 30, 1999)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), November 17, 1998 to May 30, 1999, (Cat.)
The Making of a Medieval Book (2000) (August 15 to November 5, 2000)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), August 15 to November 5, 2000, (Cat.)
The Making of a Medieval Book (2003) (May 20 to September 7, 2003)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), May 20 to September 7, 2003, (Cat.)