The J. Paul Getty Museum

The Dragon Fighting the Just

Object Details

Title:

The Dragon Fighting the Just

Artist/Maker:

Unknown

Culture:

English

Place:

London (probably), England (Place Created)

Date:

about 1255–1260

Medium:

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

Object Number:

Ms. Ludwig III 1 (83.MC.72), fol. 22v

Dimensions:

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

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Object Description

Saint John turns away in horror as the dragon, angered by the woman's escape, battles Christian warriors holding shields with crosses. As the text describes, the dragon "went to make war with the rest of the woman's seed, who keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus." (Apocalypse 12:17) The dragon's heads face both left and right, a sign of its inescapable power. One of the dragon's heads sinks its teeth into a shield, and even the tail joins in the fray as the head on its end bites one warrior from behind.

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
Illuminating the Mind's Eye: Memory and Medieval Book Arts (July 23 to October 6, 1996)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu), July 23 to October 6, 1996
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