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Hebrew Bible: Unicorns and Other Creatures (fols. 440v-441)

Illuminated by Joseph the Frenchman

Not on view

This bible concludes with a compendium of Hebrew grammar, where some of the most inventive decoration in the book resides. Each double-page spread of the supplementary text provided the artist, Joseph the Frenchman, with an opportunity to experiment with elaborate framing devices. This particularly fanciful example depicts not only apes and goats playing musical instruments but also unicorns and harpies cavorting in the brightly colored margins.

Illuminated by Joseph the Frenchman, Tempera, gold, and ink on parchment

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Week 4, Dec 13–Dec 18: Unicorn-Apes