The J. Paul Getty Museum

The Virgin and Child Enthroned

Object Details


The Virgin and Child Enthroned


Master of James IV of Scotland (Flemish, before 1465 - about 1541)




Bruges, Belgium; Ghent, Belgium (Place Created)


about 1510 - 1520


Tempera colors, gold, and ink on parchment

Object Number:

Ms. Ludwig IX 18 (83.ML.114), fol. 64v


Leaf: 23.2 × 16.7 cm (9 1/8 × 6 9/16 in.)

See more

See less

Object Description

The Virgin Mary, crowned as queen of heaven, sits below a canopy that bears the inscription in Latin, "Hail queen, merciful virgin." She holds a chubby-cheeked Christ child, who reaches back to grab her long, flowing hair. A group of elegantly dressed saints, at left, and a group of angels, at right, adore the child. The illuminator has placed the scene within an illusionistic frame that resembles the carved wooden frames of late medieval altarpieces. It harmonizes with the frame of the miniature showing the Tree of Jesse on the facing page. The text, the opening of a prayer service in honor of the Virgin, appears as if on a hinged panel in front of the scene.

The Queen of the Angels (August 15 to November 5, 2000)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), August 15 to November 5, 2000