The Temple of God with the Tabernacle in the Sky

Object Details

Title:

The Temple of God with the Tabernacle in the Sky

Artist/Maker(s):

Unknown

Culture:

English

Place(s):

London (probably), England (Place created)

Date:

about 1255 - 1260

Medium:

Tempera colors, gold leaf, colored washes, pen and ink on parchment

Dimensions:

Leaf: 31.9 x 22.5 cm (12 9/16 x 8 7/8 in.)

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And the temple of God was opened in heaven: and the ark of his testament was visible in his temple, and there were lightnings, and voices, and an earthquake, and great hail.(Apocalypse 11:19)

The illuminator represented the voices as emanating from grotesque featured heads looking down from the edge of the clouds. The roiling earth below suggests the earthquakes that simultaneously strike when Saint John, shielding his eyes, receives his vision of the temple.

Related Works
Exhibitions
Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts (July 1 to September 30, 1984)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum, (Malibu), July 1 to September 30, 1984