The Death of Noah

Unknown and Rudolf von Emsabout 1400 - 1410

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

At the age of 950 years, Noah, who shepherded God's creatures through the Flood, died. He left behind three sons, from whom the human race descended, according to the Bible. The illumination visualizes his death in contemporary terms: The elderly patriarch lies in a simple wooden bed covered with a quilt and attended by members of his family.

This miniature completes the portion of the Weltchronik devoted to the life of Noah. Stories from the book of Genesis continue on the facing page with the tale of the Tower of Babel, accompanied by a miniature of the tower's construction.


  • Title: The Death of Noah
  • Creator: Unknown, Rudolf von Ems
  • Date Created: about 1400 - 1410
  • Location Created: Regensburg, Bavaria, Germany
  • Physical Dimensions: Leaf: 33.5 × 23.5 cm (13 3/16 × 9 1/4 in.)
  • Type: Folio
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Tempera colors, gold, silver paint, and ink on parchment
  • Terms of Use: Open Content
  • Number: 88.MP.70.12v
  • Culture: German
  • Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Ms. 33, fol. 12v
  • Creator Display Name: Unknown Rudolf von Ems (Austrian, about 1200 - 1254)
  • Classification: Manuscripts (Documents)

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