Guide for Constructing the Letter Q

Joris Hoefnagelabout 1591 - 1596

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

This guide for making the letter Q illustrates both the schematic diagram and the finished form of the letter. The artist gave two tails to each Q, creating symmetrical characters that dominate the decoration of the page. The biblical verses at the center and at bottom praise God and his wonderful deeds. A cherub and trumpets at the top of the page, and vessels of burning incense at the bottom of the page, emphasize these celebratory phrases.

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  • Title: Guide for Constructing the Letter Q
  • Creator: Joris Hoefnagel
  • Date: about 1591 - 1596
  • Location Created: Vienna, Austria
  • Physical Dimensions: Leaf: 16.6 x 12.4 cm (6 9/16 x 4 7/8 in.)
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Watercolors, gold and silver paint, and ink on parchment
  • Source Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Ms. 20, fol. 137v
  • Object Type: Folio
  • Object Status: Permanent Collection
  • Number: Ms. 20, fol. 137v
  • Department: Manuscripts
  • Culture: Flemish and Hungarian
  • Classification: Manuscripts