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Artist Anonymous ( France)
Title Youth Swinging from a Tree
English: 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.
Date circa 1300 (Gothic)
Medium parchment with ink and paint
Dimensions Height: 11 cm (4.3 in). Width: 7 cm (2.8 in).
Accession number W.88.76R
Exhibition history Checkmate! Medieval People at Play. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2010.
Credit line Acquired by Henry Walters, after 1894
Ownership history
  • Henry Walters, Baltimore, after 1894, by purchase
  • 1931: bequeathed to Walters Art Museum by Henry Walters
place of origin French Flanders
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