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The Virgin and Child Enthroned Boxed Christmas Cards

This joyful Christmas card set celebrates a page from an Illuminated Manuscript found in the J. Paul Getty Museum collections.

- Greeting inside card: Wishing you a joyous Christmas and a blessed New Year
- 16 Christmas cards per box, envelopes included
- Dimension of note card: 4 5/8 inches x 6 inches
- Printed in Switzerland
- Item #: 101201

Jean Fouquet (French, born about 1415 - 1420, died before 1481)
The Virgin and Child Enthroned, 1455,
Tempera colors, gold paint, gold leaf, and ink on parchment
Leaf: 11.4 x 8.3 cm (4 1/2 x 3 1/4 in.)
The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

In the second image of this book of hours, the Virgin Mary and Jesus sit enthroned. On the facing page, the manuscript's patron Simon de Varie kneels in homage. Together these two miniatures function like a two-part hinged altarpiece. The image of Varie in prayer before the Virgin testifies to his devotion to her. It is also particularly appropriate as an introduction to Varie's book of hours, for in reciting his prayers he pays homage to the Virgin, much as he is pictured in prayer before her. Jean Fouquet's simple presentation gives this scene its grandeur.