Bagoas Pleads on Behalf of Nabarzanes

Object Details

Title:

Bagoas Pleads on Behalf of Nabarzanes

Artist/Maker:

Master of the Jardin de vertueuse consolation and assistant (Flemish, active 3rd quarter of 15th century)

Culture:

French and Flemish

Place:

Lille (written) France Europe Bruges (illuminated) Belgium Europe (Place created)

Date:

about 1470 - 1475

Medium:

Tempera colors, gold leaf, gold paint, and ink on parchment

Object Number:

Ms. Ludwig XV 8, fol. 133v

Dimensions:

Leaf: 43.2 × 33 cm (17 × 13 in.)

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Bagoas, a handsome eunuch in the original narrative but a beautiful woman in Vasco da Lucena's translation and in the miniature, stands before Alexander in a green gown. She wants to persuade Alexander to pardon Nabarzanes, a Persian who had plotted against the Persian king, Darius III. At the right, Queen Thalestris of the Amazons approaches with her followers, hoping that she can persuade Alexander to father a child with her. Although this is just the sort of story that Vasco dismissed as "false and impossible," he reported it in his translation, and the artists followed his lead by including it in the miniature.

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