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Initial D: The Fool with Two Demons

Object Details

Title:

Initial D: The Fool with Two Demons

Artist/Maker:

Master of the Ingeborg Psalter (French, active about 1195 - about 1210)

Culture:

French

Place:

Noyon (probably), France (Place Created)

Date:

after 1205

Medium:

Tempera colors and gold leaf on parchment

Object Number:

Ms. 66 (99.MK.48), fol. 56

Dimensions:

Leaf: 31 × 21.9 cm (12 3/16 × 8 5/8 in.)

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Object Description

An enthroned man wearing a fool's cap illustrates the opening verse of Psalm 52-"The fool says in his heart 'There is no God.'" The scroll he holds proclaims this heresy: Non e[st] Deu[s] (There is no God). Two mischievous demons incite him to this thought, while an angel above attempts to warn the fool against such a notion.

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
Gothic Grandeur: Manuscript Illumination 1200-1350 (December 13, 2011 to May 13, 2012)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), December 13, 2011 to May 13, 2012