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Youth Swinging from a Tree
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Youth Swinging from a Tree


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Description In this charming image, a young boy has climbed a tree and is swinging from one of its limbs. This is an extremely rare depiction, and it has nothing to do with the text it accompanies (Psalm 5, a reading for the dead) but is simply an opportunity for the artist to have fun. The small size of the tree in comparison with the child focuses our attention on his antics, inviting us to imagine ourselves as carefree.
Exhibitions
  • Checkmate! Medieval People at Play. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2010.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore, after 1894, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, after 1894

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Creator
Period
ca. 1300 (Gothic)
Medium
parchment with ink and paint
(Manuscripts & Rare Books)
Accession Number
W.88.76R
Measurements
H: 4 5/16 x W: 2 3/4 in. (11 x 7 cm)
Geographies
  • Cambrai, France (?) (Place of Origin)
  • French Flanders (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View

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