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Initial S: A Woman Leaving Her Husband's House
Michael Lupi de Çandiu (Spanish, active Pamplona, Spain 1297 - 1305)
Northeastern Spain, Spain (Place Created)
about 1290 - 1310
Tempera colors, gold leaf, and ink on parchment
Ms. Ludwig XIV 6 (83.MQ.165), fol. 207
Leaf: 36.5 × 24 cm (14 3/8 × 9 7/16 in.)
The artist astutely used color to make associations among the characters. The husband's clothing and his property are red, while the other man is shown in blue. The wife wears both colors, indicating her conflicted legal status. A woman of the Middle Ages spent much of her life under the guardianship of a man, first her father and then her husband, severely limiting her personal legal rights and economic power.
Picturing the Medieval Family (May 4 to July 18, 1999)
- The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), May 4 to July 18, 1999