The Temple of God with the Tabernacle in the Sky

Unknownabout 1255–1260

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

And the temple of God was opened in heaven: and the ark of his testament was visible in his temple, and there were lightnings, and voices, and an earthquake, and great hail.(Apocalypse 11:19)

The illuminator represented the voices as emanating from grotesque featured heads looking down from the edge of the clouds. The roiling earth below suggests the earthquakes that simultaneously strike when Saint John, shielding his eyes, receives his vision of the temple.


  • Title: The Temple of God with the Tabernacle in the Sky
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: about 1255–1260
  • Location Created: London (probably), England
  • Physical Dimensions: Leaf: 31.9 × 22.5 cm (12 9/16 × 8 7/8 in.)
  • Type: Folio
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Tempera colors, gold leaf, colored washes, pen and ink on parchment
  • Terms of Use: Open Content
  • Number: 83.MC.72.19
  • Culture: English
  • Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Ms. Ludwig III 1, fol. 19
  • Creator Display Name: Unknown
  • Classification: Manuscripts (Documents)

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