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Alchandreus Presents His Work to a King
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Virgil Master
French, Paris, about 1405
Tempera colors, gold paint, gold leaf, and ink on parchment
15 3/8 x 12 in.
MS. 72, FOL. 2

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The philosopher Alchandreus kneels at the center of this image and presents his text to a king seated on an elaborate throne in a lavish reception hall. Alchandreus's subdued green robe contrasts with the vibrant blues and reds of the surrounding courtiers' luxurious costumes. In his book, Alchandreus cites Alexander the Great as an authority, so this scene may represent his dedication of the text to the king. The delicate ivy-leaf pattern that fills the border of this page is common in French manuscript illumination of the 1300s and 1400s.