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Christ and a Monk and Two Shepherds

Object Details


Christ and a Monk and Two Shepherds






Thérouanne ?, France (formerly Flanders) (Place Created)


about 1270


Tempera colors, gold leaf, and ink on parchment

Object Number:

Ms. Ludwig XV 3 (83.MR.173), fol. 46v


Leaf: 19.1 × 14.3 cm (7 1/2 × 5 5/8 in.)

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Object Description

At the top of this miniature, Christ and a monk hold up an abbot's crozier, symbolic of a shepherd's crook. Below on the left, sheep and ar vigilant shepherd and dog represent a good flock. On the right, a slumbering, neglectful keeper and his seated watchdog fail to monitor a herd of bad goats. The only full-page miniature in the manuscript, this frontispiece heralds Hugo de Fouilloy's Treatise On Shepherds And Flocks, a mystical commentary on certain verses of the Roman author Virgil's Ninth Eclogue. The illumination draws its imagery of Christ as a shepherd and the separation of sheep and goats from the Bible. In Hugo's discussion, Christ is a model for an abbot who is shepherd to his monks. The two shepherds depicted represent the qualities of vigilance and neglect.

Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts (July 1 to September 30, 1984)
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Ludwigslust: Die Sammlung Irene und Peter Ludwig (June 19 to October 10, 1993)
  • Germanisches Nationalmuseum (Nuremberg), June 19 to October 10, 1993
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