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The Manuscript Files: A Medieval Marilyn?

Detail of Saint John the Evangelist Writing / German
Saint John the Evangelist Writing, German, about 1340–50. Tempera colors, gold leaf, and ink on parchment, 17 7/8 x 12 in. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Ms. 108, verso

The luxuriant locks sported by this medieval figure might seem to say more “Marilyn Monroe” than “Saint John.” Both he and the movie star sport hairstyles from the glamorous ‘40s—in the saint’s case, the 1340s. In the Middle Ages, it… More»

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      Painting as a form of adaptation?

      Depicted here at the desk is Geremia da Montagnone, the author of the text this illumination accompanies. This depiction is totally imaginative and reveals the creativity of the artist.

      "I love this manuscript because the primary illustrator imbued his ‘portraits’ with the kind of originality that a movie director has when translating a book to the big screen.”

      Our manuscripts curator of the upcoming show Renaissance Splendors of the Northern Italian Courts

      Compendium moralium notabilium, early 15th century, Cristoforo Cortese, illuminator and Novella Master, illuminator. J. Paul Getty Museum.

      01/26/15

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