Four Men Kneeling before God

Unknownabout 1413 - 1415

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

A blue cloud and a ring of red-winged angels surround the figure of God, echoing the colors found in the brilliant diapered background. The image may represent the episode from Saul's life when a group of prophets witnessed the spirit of God descend upon him. Though the figures in the image were probably meant to represent Old Testament Jews, scholars cannot determine their exact identity. The text that follows this image, prefacing the second section of Boccaccio's Concerning the Fates of Illustrious Men and Women, discusses the history of Saul, who became the first king of the Jews.

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  • Title: Four Men Kneeling before God
  • Date Created: about 1413 - 1415
  • Location Created: Paris, France
  • Physical Dimensions: w29.6 x h42 cm
  • Type: Folio
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  • External Link: http://www.getty.edu/art/gettyguide/artObjectDetails?artobj=112330
  • Medium: "Tempera colors, gold leaf, gold paint, and ink on parchment"
  • illuminator: Unknown
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  • Subject: Angels, God the Father, Concerning The Fates of Illustrious Men and Women