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Charlemagne and the Kings of France in a Garden
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Charlemagne and the Kings of France in a Garden


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Description Eight kings sit in a walled garden with beds of flowering plants arranged in a checkerboard pattern. In place of a fountain (a typical structure in medieval gardens), a tent houses a blue lily, and before it, two angels flank a coat of arms with the French fleur-de-lis emblem. The lily in the garden–associated with the Virgin Mary's purity–along with the grape vines–associated with the sacrament of Mass–that climb the willow fence in the background, confirmed the Christian piety of the French kings.
Exhibitions
  • Paradise Imagined: Images of the Garden in the Islamic and Christian World. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2012.
Provenance Acquired by Léon Gruel, Paris, early 20th century (?); purchased by Henry Walters, Baltimore; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1931.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters before 1931

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Period
late 15th century
Medium
ink and paint on paper and vellum
(Manuscripts & Rare Books)
Accession Number
W.306.11R
Measurements
H: 15 3/8 x W: 11 in. (39 x 28 cm)
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Location Within Museum
Not On View

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