The Birth of the Virgin

Pseudo-Jacquemart de Hesdinabout 1410

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

Mary's mother, Anna, rests in her bed shortly after giving birth to the Virgin, while several female attendants care for her. At the lower right, one of the women prepares a bath for Mary. As an angel fills the tub, the attendant cradles the Virgin and tests the bath water with her fingertips.

The Birth of the Virgin was an important feast in the Middle Ages, and this image precedes prayers for the mass on that day.

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  • Title: The Birth of the Virgin
  • Creator: Pseudo-Jacquemart de Hesdin
  • Date: about 1410
  • Location Created: Bourges (probably), France
  • Physical Dimensions: Leaf: 17.9 x 13.3 cm (7 1/16 x 5 1/4 in.)
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Tempera colors, gold leaf, gold paint, and ink on parchment
  • Source Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Ms. 36, fol. 71v
  • Object Type: Folio
  • Object Status: Permanent Collection
  • Number: Ms. 36, fol. 71v
  • Department: Manuscripts
  • Culture: French
  • Classification: Manuscripts