Initial D: Christ before Caiaphas; Initial D: The Virgin Mary with Apostles

Object Details

Title:

Initial D: Christ before Caiaphas; Initial D: The Virgin Mary with Apostles

Artist/Maker(s):

Unknown

Culture:

French

Date:

about 1300

Medium:

Tempera colors, gold leaf, and ink on parchment

Dimensions:

Leaf: 26.4 x 18.3 cm (10 3/8 x 7 3/16 in.)

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A historiated initial D opens the service of Prime in the Hours of the Holy Spirit with a line taken from Psalm 69, Deus in adiutorium meum intende (God, come to my assistance). A series of historiated initials focusing on Christ's Passion accompanies this cycle of prayers. Inside the initial D is the scene of Christ before Caiaphas, when the Jewish high priest tries Jesus for the crime of blasphemy.

A knight kneels in the right margin of the page, clasping his hands and looking up at the scene. The man is probably the book's original owner. The page as a whole thus depicts an ideal of late medieval devotion: praying intently, the patron becomes a witness to the events of the Passion.

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Exhibitions
The Passion of Christ in Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts (April 11 to July 5, 1992)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum, (Malibu), April 11 to July 5, 1992
Temptation and Salvation: The Psalms of King David (June 9 to August 16, 2009)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), June 9 to August 16, 2009