The Virgin and Child

Master of the Lee Hoursabout 1450 - 1455

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

Two angels spread their arms to gesture that the Virgin Mary with the infant Jesus is a celestial vision. Although the Virgin appears to be seated on the ground--a sign of humility--the canopy overhead alludes to her role as the Queen of Heaven. This miniature, together with the one on the facing page, introduces the text of the Mass of the Virgin, as indicated by the rubric at the top of the page: Incipit missa de domina n[ost]ra, Here begins the Mass of Our Lady.

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  • Title: The Virgin and Child
  • Date Created: about 1450 - 1455
  • Location Created: Ghent (probably), Belgium
  • Physical Dimensions: w14 x h19.4 cm
  • Type: Folio
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  • External Link: http://www.getty.edu/art/gettyguide/artObjectDetails?artobj=2969
  • Medium: "Tempera colors, gold leaf, and ink on parchment"
  • illuminator: Master of the Lee Hours (Flemish, active about 1450 - 1470)
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  • Subject: Angels, Christ Child, Madonna and Child