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The Woman Clothed in the Sun

Unknownabout 1255–1260

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

This section of the Apocalypse describes how "a great sign appeared in heaven: A woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars."(Apocalypse 12:1)

Medieval commentators interpreted this woman as representing the Virgin Mary. In the lines that follow, the woman is described as pregnant and in the throes of a painful labor. In the miniature, as John looks solemnly on, she clutches her swollen belly with both hands; white and red flames radiate from her, indicating that she is "clothed with the sun."

Details

  • Title: The Woman Clothed in the Sun
  • 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.72.19v
  • Culture: English
  • Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Ms. Ludwig III 1, fol. 19v
  • Creator Display Name: Unknown
  • Classification: Manuscripts (Documents)

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