The J. Paul Getty Museum

The Woman Clothed in the Sun

Object Details

Title:

The Woman Clothed in the Sun

Artist/Maker:

Unknown

Culture:

English

Place:

London (probably), England (Place Created)

Date:

about 1255–1260

Medium:

Tempera colors, gold leaf, colored washes, pen and ink

Object Number:

Ms. Ludwig III 1 (83.MC.72), fol. 19v

Dimensions:

Leaf: 31.9 × 22.5 cm (12 9/16 × 8 7/8 in.)

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Object Description

This section of the Apocalypse describes how "a great sign appeared in heaven: A woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars."(Apocalypse 12:1)

Medieval commentators interpreted this woman as representing the Virgin Mary. In the lines that follow, the woman is described as pregnant and in the throes of a painful labor. In the miniature, as John looks solemnly on, she clutches her swollen belly with both hands; white and red flames radiate from her, indicating that she is "clothed with the sun."

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
The Art of the Written Word: Medieval and Renaissance Calligraphy in Illuminated Manuscripts (January 16 to April 1, 1990)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu), January 16 to April 1, 1990
The Wondrous Cosmos in the Medieval World (April 30 to July 21, 2019)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), April 30 to July 21, 2019