Initial V: Job Derided by his Wife

Object Details

Title:

Initial V: Job Derided by his Wife

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.)

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A historiated initial V is the first letter of the text of the Old Testament book devoted to the tormented but ever-righteous Job. Although suffering from sores and other afflictions, Job never lost his faith in the Lord. Against the glistening gold ground inside the initial, the naked Job, his ribs showing, sits upright in bed. Gesturing emphatically, his wife admonishes him for remaining steadfastly faithful.

Vine scrolls with spiky and rounded leaves extend from the initial into the margin, where human and animal figures cavort. These playful characters and the vine scroll itself are common features of Gothic illumination, as is the color scheme dominated by blue and gold.

Related Works
Exhibitions
Exhibition of Illuminated Manuscripts (1908)
  • Burlington Fine Arts Club (London), 1908, (Cat.)