The Dragon Hurls Water after the Woman Clothed in the Sun

Object Details

Title:

The Dragon Hurls Water after the Woman Clothed in the Sun

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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Angry that the woman is escaping, "the serpent cast out of its mouth water like a river, after the woman, so that it might cause her to be carried away by the river."(Apocalypse 12:15)In the miniature, only the bottom of the woman's dress, her feet, and the edge of one wing are visible as she flies away just in time, beyond the space of the miniature's frame. According to the text, the earth itself helps the woman by absorbing much of the water.

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Exhibitions
Gothic Grandeur: Manuscript Illumination 1200-1350 (December 13, 2011 to May 13, 2012)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), December 13, 2011 to May 13, 2012