The Flood of Noah (Genesis 7:11-24)

William de Brailesca. 1250 (Medieval)

The Walters Art Museum
Baltimore, United States

This page from Walters manuscript W.106 depicts a scene from the story of Noah's ark. Here, the ark is nowhere to be found. The fountains of the great deep have broken up, and the windows of heaven have been opened. Five great plumes of water tumble from a red heaven into a broiling ocean. It has already rained for many of the forty days, and the beasts, birds, and people of the earth ate laid to rest in ordered strata, like sediment, on the ocean floor. The people are the last to drown. The great flood will prevail upon the earth for a hundred and fifty days.


  • Title: The Flood of Noah (Genesis 7:11-24)
  • Date Created: ca. 1250 (Medieval)
  • Physical Dimensions: w9.5 x h13.2 cm
  • Type: illuminated manuscripts; folios (leaves)
  • Rights: Acquired by Henry Walters, 1903, http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/
  • External Link: The Walters Art Museum
  • Medium: ink and pigment on parchment
  • Provenance: Léon Gruel, Paris [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, June 6, 1903, by purchase [see The Diaries of George Lucas]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
  • Place of Origin: Oxford, England, United Kingdom
  • Inscriptions: [Translation] Below the image: Here all the people of the world and the beasts and the birds drown.; [Transliteration] Above the image: le deluvie noe; [Transliteration] Below the image: ici neerent tute la gent del munde e bestes e volatilie.
  • Artist: William de Brailes

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