Le bon roy Alexandre, North of France, c. 1290
Staatliche Museen Preussischer Kulturbesitz Berlin, Kupferstichkabinett, Ms. 78 C 1, f. 71v
Alexander appears twice on f. 71v from Ms. 78 C 1 (Staatliche Museen Preussischer Kulturbesitz Berlin, Kupferstichkabinett), once on top in full armour with closed visor, while the picture below shows him clad in short-legged riding gear with a youthful face. The crown in both miniatures identifies him as the ideal ruler, once leading an advancing army, and again at the head of a cavalcade of honourable dignitaries. The illustration, just like the writing, was executed with the pen, sparing details and turning the figures into characteristic types, as long as the text did not require otherwise. Colours play a rather subordinated role, the effect of the washing, however, is marvellous, as it was not applied throughout the whole surface. The emerging pattern covers the ground on which figures and objects are set like singular items.