A Judicial Duel Between Gillion's Son Gerard and the Emir Lucion

Lieven van Lathem1464

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

This miniature depicts one of the twin sons of the knight Gillion battling a Saracen admiral for the hand of a beautiful maiden. A look of agony is evident on the face of the defeated as he realizes that he has been vanquished by Gerard, who is about to deliver the death blow. Gerard, meanwhile, locks eyes with his beloved who is depicted on his shield. To the right, the two knights' horses engage in a battle of their own that echoes that of their masters. As a symbol of its master's righteousness, Gerard's horse is pure white, and it, too, is shown as superior to the opponent's horse.


  • Title: A Judicial Duel Between Gillion's Son Gerard and the Emir Lucion
  • Creator: Lieven van Lathem, David Aubert
  • Date Created: 1464
  • Location Created: Antwerp, Belgium
  • Physical Dimensions: Leaf: 37 × 25.5 cm (14 9/16 × 10 1/16 in.)
  • Type: Folio
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Tempera colors, gold, and ink on parchment
  • Terms of Use: Open Content
  • Number: 2013.46.134v
  • Culture: Flemish
  • Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Ms. 111, fol. 134v
  • Creator Display Name: Lieven van Lathem (Flemish, about 1430 - 1493) David Aubert (Flemish, active 1453 - 1479)
  • Classification: Manuscripts (Documents)

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