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The Mutilation of the Byzantine Emperors Justinian II and Phillipicus

Unknownabout 1413 - 1415

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

At the left, a man cuts off the nose and lips of the Byzantine emperor Justinian II, whose ruthlessness led to the revolt of his people in 695. Justinian regained control of his kingdom but was later deposed, resulting in Philippicus's succession as emperor. According to Boccaccio, Philippicus waged war against sacred images and their veneration. His army deposed and blinded him, as seen on the right. Having tried to prevent others from viewing sacred images of God and the saints, he fittingly lost his own sight.

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  • Title: The Mutilation of the Byzantine Emperors Justinian II and Phillipicus
  • Date Created: about 1413 - 1415
  • Location Created: Paris, France
  • Physical Dimensions: w29.6 x h42 cm
  • Type: Folio
  • Rights: http://www.getty.edu/legal/copyright.html
  • External Link: http://www.getty.edu/art/gettyguide/artObjectDetails?artobj=112375
  • Medium: "Tempera colors, gold leaf, gold paint, and ink on parchment"
  • illuminator: Unknown
  • Terms of Use: http://www.getty.edu/legal/copyright.html
  • Subject: Deaths, Justinian II, Philippicus Bardanes

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