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Alexander the Great in the Air
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Alexander the Great in the Air
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Part of The J. Paul Getty museum permanent collection, located in Los Angeles, California. Digital image courtesy of the Getty's Open Content Program. Alexander the Great in the Air; Unknown; Regensburg, Bavaria, Germany, Europe; about 1400 - 1410 with addition in 1487; Tempera colors, gold, silver paint, and ink on parchment; Leaf: 33.5 x 23.5 cm (13 3/16 x 9 1/4 in.); 88.MP.70.221 MS. 33, FOL. 221 In a scene representing one of the stories from the legend of Alexander the Great most popular in the Middle Ages, the world conqueror, dressed as a European monarch might be, is pulled aloft by a pair of griffins and an angel. They hover precariously over a sea filled with an entertaining variety of fish and other creatures. The artist emphasizes the strange chair's upward movement as it carries the group out of the square framework of the miniature and takes off into the text. Text from http://www.getty.edu/art/gettyguide/artObjectDetails?artobj=2277
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Digital image courtesy of the Getty's Open Content Program, copyright 2012, J. Paul Getty Trust
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