Godfroy de Bouillon

Enameler: Colin Nouailher (French, active 1539, d. after 1571)

Artist: Based on a woodcut by Jacob Cornelisz. van Oostsanen (Netherlandish, ca. 1470–1533)

Date: ca. 1541

Culture: French, Limoges

Medium: Painted and partly gilded enamel on copper

Dimensions: Diameter: 8 3/4 in. (22.2 cm)

Classification: Enamels

Credit Line: Purchase, John H. and Susan Gutfreund Gift, 1993

Accession Number: 1993.65.4

Description

In medieval legend, Godfroy de Bouillon, a leader of the First Crusade and first ruler of the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem, was ranked as one of the three greatest Christian heroes. With King Arthur and Charlemagne, the biblical King David, Joshua, Judas Maccabeus, and the pagan luminaries Hector, Alexander the Great, and Julius Caesar, he was celebrated as one of the nine most worthy of all time.

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