Saint John Eats the Book Received from the Angel

Unknownabout 1255–1260

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

A voice from heaven tells Saint John to take the book from the mighty angel, the winged figure in the center. The mighty angel holding the book then instructs John to eat it and to "prophesy again to many nations, and peoples, and tongues, and kings." To convey the sense of the sequence of events in the miniature, the illuminator repeated the figure of Saint John three times.


  • Title: Saint John Eats the Book Received from the Angel
  • 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.72.15v
  • Culture: English
  • Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Ms. Ludwig III 1, fol. 15v
  • Creator Display Name: Unknown
  • Classification: Manuscripts (Documents)

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