A Woman in Prayer before the Virgin and Child

Egerton Masterabout 1410

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

A noblewoman kneels at the feet of the Virgin Mary and Christ, who are majestically seated on a large throne before her. The woman's ermine-lined gown and elaborate headdress indicate she is a member of the aristocracy. Her appearance here, and in a similar image later in the manuscript, suggests that she may have commissioned this luxurious book. Wealthy women were important patrons of manuscripts, particularly those used for private devotion, such as books of hours and psalters.

Although books of hours were written primarily in Latin in the early 1400s, they often included a prayer or two in the owner's native language. This image appears before a prayer to the Virgin written in French, which indicates the text had special devotional meaning for her and required careful reading.


  • Title: A Woman in Prayer before the Virgin and Child
  • Creator: Egerton Master
  • Date Created: about 1410
  • Location Created: Paris, France
  • Physical Dimensions: Leaf: 19.1 × 14 cm (7 1/2 × 5 1/2 in.)
  • Type: Folio
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Tempera colors, gold leaf, gold paint, and ink on parchment
  • Terms of Use: Open Content
  • Number: 83.ML.101.19
  • Culture: French
  • Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Ms. Ludwig IX 5, fol. 19
  • Creator Display Name: Follower of the Egerton Master (French / Netherlandish, active about 1405 - 1420)
  • Classification: Manuscripts (Documents)

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