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Scenes from the Life of Joseph
Paris, France (Place created)
about 1250 - 1260
Tempera colors, gold leaf, and ink on parchment
Leaf: 19.2 x 13.3 cm (7 9/16 x 5 1/4 in.)
The scenes on this page continue the story of Joseph and his brothers in Egypt begun on the facing page. The patriarch Joseph, who was sold by his brothers into slavery, has risen to a position of power in Egypt. At first unrecognized by his brothers, Joseph sends them to get their elderly father Jacob, who then makes the journey to Egypt. The reunion between Jacob and his son Joseph pictured in the roundel at the lower right completes the story. Divided into circular sections with burnished gold backgrounds, the miniature is reminiscent of the stained-glass windows of the 1200s, both in its composition and in its sparkle and brilliance.
Gothic Manuscript Illumination: 1250-1375 (January 16 to March 13, 1985)
- The J. Paul Getty Museum, (Malibu), January 16 to March 31, 1985, (Cat.)
Ten Centuries of French Illumination (April 23 to July 7, 1996)
- The J. Paul Getty Museum, (Malibu), April 23 to July 7, 1996, (Cat.)