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The Land of India

Object Details

Title:

The Land of India

Artist/Maker:

Unknown

Culture:

Flemish

Place:

Ghent, Belgium (Place Created)

Date:

about 1475

Medium:

Tempera colors, gold leaf, and gold paint on parchment

Object Number:

Ms. Ludwig XIII 5, v1 (83.MP.148.1), fol. 55

Dimensions:

Leaf: 43.8 × 30.5 cm (17 1/4 × 12 in.)

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Object Description

This portion of the Mirror of History tells of exotic places in ancient times, including the wonders of the far-off land of India. The elephant at the center of the image was probably included because the animal is mentioned in the text as one of the curiosities of India. To judge from the appearance of the beast, however, the illuminator had never seen one in person and modeled his picture on a written description. Such fantastic renditions reveal the fascination of medieval audiences with the lands beyond Europe.

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
The Making of a Hero: Alexander the Great from Antiquity to the Renaissance (October 22, 1996 to January 5, 1997)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu), October 22, 1996 to January 5, 1997
The Medieval Bookshelf: From Romance to Astronomy (January 24 to April 9, 2006)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), January 24 to April 9, 2006
Illuminated Manuscripts from Belgium and the Netherlands (August 24, 2010 to February 6, 2011)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), August 24, 2010 to February 6, 2011
Gardens of the Renaissance (May 28 to August 11, 2013)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), May 28 to August 11, 2013
Traversing the Globe through Illuminated Manuscripts (January 22 to June 26, 2016)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), January 22 to June 26, 2016
Pathways to Paradise: Medieval India and Europe (May 1 to August 5, 2018)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), May 1 to August 5, 2018