Alchandreus Presents His Work to a King (Main View (.2) / book image source)

Virgil Master

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

The philosopher Alchandreus kneels at the center of this image and presents his text to a king seated on an elaborate throne in a lavish reception hall. Alchandreus's subdued green robe contrasts with the vibrant blues and reds of the surrounding courtiers' luxurious costumes. In his book, Alchandreus cites Alexander the Great as an authority, so this scene may represent his dedication of the text to the king. The delicate ivy-leaf pattern that fills the border of this page is common in French manuscript illumination of the 1300s and 1400s.


  • Title: Alchandreus Presents His Work to a King (Main View (.2) / book image source)
  • Creator: Virgil Master
  • Date Created: about 1405
  • Location Created: Paris, France
  • Physical Dimensions: Leaf: 39 × 30.5 cm (15 3/8 × 12 in.)
  • Type: Folio
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Tempera colors, gold paint, gold leaf, and ink on parchment
  • Terms of Use: Open Content
  • Number: 2003.25.2
  • Culture: French
  • Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Ms. 72, fol. 2
  • Creator Display Name: Virgil Master (French, active about 1380 - 1420)
  • Classification: Manuscripts (Documents)

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