Within the arc of heaven, the personification of Wisdom, flanked by David and Abraham, supports God the Creator. Below her is the priest Zechariah, father of John the Baptist, and below him the patriarch Jacob.

This miniature and one other develop the theme of Wisdom's role in God's creation of the world. Together with the Annunciation on the following page, these miniatures introduce the portion of the manuscript containing the chants sung by the choir at Mass. All develop the theme of the promise of Christian salvation, which was present from the time of the Creation.


  • Title: Wisdom (Main View)
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: probably 1170s
  • Location Created: Hildesheim, Germany
  • Physical Dimensions: Leaf: 28.2 × 18.9 cm (11 1/8 × 7 7/16 in.)
  • Type: Folio
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Tempera colors, gold leaf, silver leaf, and ink on parchment
  • Terms of Use: Open Content
  • Number: 97.MG.21.11
  • Culture: German
  • Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Ms. 64, fol. 11
  • Creator Display Name: Unknown
  • Classification: Manuscripts (Documents)

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