Decorated Text Page

Master of the Getty Epistlesabout 1528–1530

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

Blossoms strewn on a gold ground surround the opening text of the preface to Saint Paul's Epistles. Painted life-size and casting fictive shadows on the background, the flowers appear almost real. Nestled among the flowers are a variety of insects and a snail. The anonymous French illuminator of this page adapted his design from the illusionistic borders of earlier Flemish manuscripts, a common practice among French artists of the early 1500s. A more reserved floral motif decorates the gold ground of the initial letter P of the text.


  • Title: Decorated Text Page
  • Creator: Master of the Getty Epistles
  • Date Created: about 1528–1530
  • Location Created: Tours, France; Paris, France
  • Physical Dimensions: Leaf: 16.5 × 10.3 cm (6 1/2 × 4 1/16 in.)
  • Type: Folio
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Tempera colors and gold paint on parchment
  • Terms of Use: Open Content
  • Number: 83.MA.64.2
  • Culture: French
  • Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Ms. Ludwig I 15, fol. 2
  • Creator Display Name: Master of the Getty Epistles (French, active about 1520 - about 1549)
  • Classification: Manuscripts (Documents)

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