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    Sacred Landscapes: Nature in Renaissance Manuscripts

    October 10, 2017–January 14, 2018

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    <em>Saint Jerome</em>, from the <em>Getty Epistles</em>, about 1528-30, Paris or Tours, Master of the Getty Epistles. The J. Paul Getty Museum

    Saint Jerome (detail), from the Getty Epistles, about 1528-30, Paris or Tours, Master of the Getty Epistles. The J. Paul Getty Museum

  • <em>Mary Magdalene Borne Aloft</em>, from the <em>Gualenghi-d’Este Hours</em>, about 1469, Ferrara, Taddeo Crivelli. The J. Paul Getty Museum

    Mary Magdalene Borne Aloft, from the Gualenghi-d’Este Hours, about 1469, Ferrara, Taddeo Crivelli. The J. Paul Getty Museum

  • <em>The Assumption of the Virgin</em>, from the <em>Spinola Hours</em>, about 1510-20, Ghent or Bruges, Master of James IV of Scotland. The J. Paul Getty Museum

    The Assumption of the Virgin, from the Spinola Hours, about 1510-20, Ghent or Bruges, Master of James IV of Scotland. The J. Paul Getty Museum

  • <em>Scenes from the Creation</em>, from the <em>Prayer Book of Cardinal Albrecht of Bradenburg</em>, about 1525-30, Bruges, Simon Bening. The J. Paul Getty Museum

    Scenes from the Creation, from the Prayer Book of Cardinal Albrecht of Bradenburg, about 1525-30, Bruges, Simon Bening. The J. Paul Getty Museum

  • <em>The Virgin and Child in a Red Rose with a Rosary</em>, from an illustrated <em>Vita Christi</em>, with devotional supplements, about 1490, East Anglia, artist unknown. The J. Paul Getty Museum

    The Virgin and Child in a Red Rose with a Rosary (detail), from an illustrated Vita Christi, with devotional supplements, about 1490, East Anglia, artist unknown. The J. Paul Getty Museum

  • <em>The Virgin and Child on a Grassy Bench</em>, about 1500. Pen and brown ink; strip at top added later, Germany, Nuremberg School. The J. Paul Getty Museum

    The Virgin and Child on a Grassy Bench, about 1500. Pen and brown ink; strip at top added later, Germany, Nuremberg School. The J. Paul Getty Museum

  • <em>Villagers on Their Way to Church</em>, calendar miniature from a book of hours, about 1550, Bruges, Simon Bening. The J. Paul Getty Museum

    Villagers on Their Way to Church, calendar miniature from a book of hours, about 1550, Bruges, Simon Bening. The J. Paul Getty Museum

  • <em>The Crucifixion</em>, leaf from the <em>Missal of Innocent VIII</em>, 1484-92, Rome, Giuliano Amadei. The J. Paul Getty Museum

    The Crucifixion, leaf from the Missal of Innocent VIII, 1484-92, Rome, Giuliano Amadei. The J. Paul Getty Museum

Sacred Landscapes: Nature in Renaissance Manuscripts

October 10, 2017–January 14, 2018, Getty Center

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God is living, being, spirit, all verdant being, all creativity –Hildegard of Bingen

In Renaissance Europe, many people looked to nature for spiritual inspiration and to guide their contemplation of the divine. In manuscripts created for personal or communal devotion, elements of nature—such as rocks, trees, flowers, waterways, mountains, and even the atmosphere—add layers of meaning to the illuminations, which were painted with careful observation of every minute detail. These landscapes remind readers to appreciate, and respect, the wonder of creation.

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