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The Battle Between Arnault de Lorraine and His Wife Lydia

Loyset Liédet, and Pol Fruitwritten 1463 - 1465; illuminated 1467 - 1472

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

In this miniature from the History of Charles Martel, the army of Lorraine, led by Count Arnault, and the forces of Burgundy, led by his wife Lydia and her two sons, are about to begin a battle. The Burgundians stand in the background at the left, under the banner of the double eagle and BORDEAUS, while the forces of Lorraine mass at the right. In the foreground, the leaders of the opposing forces meet on horseback in advance of the fighting.

Loyset Liédet and Pol Fruit depicted this scene not as an event from the past but in terms of the pageantry and splendor of late medieval court life. Lydia sits sidesaddle upon her horse, fashionably dressed in the elegant style of the Burgundian court of the later 1400s.

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  • Title: The Battle Between Arnault de Lorraine and His Wife Lydia
  • Creator: Loyset Liédet, and Pol Fruit
  • Date: written 1463 - 1465; illuminated 1467 - 1472
  • Location Created: Written: Brussels, Belgium
  • Physical Dimensions: Leaf: 23.7 x 18.9 cm (9 5/16 x 7 7/16 in.)
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Tempera colors, gold leaf, and gold paint on parchment
  • Source Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Ms. Ludwig XIII 6, leaf 11
  • Object Type: Detached leaf
  • Object Status: Permanent Collection
  • Number: Ms. Ludwig XIII 6, leaf 11
  • Department: Manuscripts
  • Culture: Flemish
  • Classification: Manuscripts

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