Scenes from the Lives of Jacob and Joseph

Unknownabout 1250–1260

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

The eight scenes within this full-page miniature come from the lives of the Old Testament patriarchs Jacob and Joseph; they tell the Genesis story of Jacob's sons' second journey to Egypt to buy provisions. The narrative begins at the top left and proceeds down the left side of the miniature, then down the center, and finally down the right side. A number and a caption in French accompany each scene. For example, the caption for the first scene reads: Ci dient li enfant a Iacob q[u]il leur covient mener Beniamin (Here the sons of Jacob say that they must take [their youngest brother] Benjamin along).


  • Title: Scenes from the Lives of Jacob and Joseph
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: about 1250–1260
  • Location Created: Paris, France
  • Physical Dimensions: Leaf: 19.2 × 13.3 cm (7 9/16 × 5 1/4 in.)
  • Type: Folio
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Tempera colors, gold leaf, and ink on parchment
  • Terms of Use: Open Content
  • Number: 83.MK.95.19v
  • Culture: French
  • Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Ms. Ludwig VIII 4, fol. 19v
  • Creator Display Name: Unknown
  • Classification: Manuscripts (Documents)

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