This image is available for download, without charge, under the Getty's Open Content Program.
Open Content images tend to be large in file-size. To avoid potential data charges from your carrier, we recommend making sure your device is connected to a Wi-Fi network before downloading.
Getty Center, Museum North Pavilion, Gallery N105
The Birth of Alexander
Master of the Jardin de vertueuse consolation and assistant (Flemish, active 3rd quarter of 15th century)
French and Flemish
Lille (written) France Bruges (illuminated) Belgium (Place created)
about 1470 - 1475
Tempera colors, gold leaf, gold paint, and ink on parchment
Leaf: 43.2 × 33 cm (17 × 13 in.)
To the right, the
The illuminator made the ancient story concrete and accessible by depicting the scene in a fifteenth-century setting. The raised canopy bed with velvet bedspread and hangings, the sideboard with plate and ewers, and the fabrics and fashions of the women's luxuriously detailed dresses all reflect the lavish style of the Burgundian court.
"The Visions of Tondal" and Manuscripts from the Time of Margaret of York (April 17 to July 1, 1990)
- The J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu), April 17 to July 1, 1990
Remembering Antiquity: The Ancient World Through Medieval Eyes (January 24 to May 28, 2017)
- The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), January 24 to May 28, 2017
Students learn how artists use symbolic imagery to communicate, visually and in writing, the larger narrative of a person’s life.
Visual Arts; English–Language Arts
Single Class Lesson