Charles In Oedipus The King

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The scene in the middle of the page is arranged according to rules of visual hierarchy intended to picture Charles’s superior status as the Carolingian ruler. The king is the dominant figure in the composition. He sits on a jeweled throne high up under the baldachin’s dome, while all other figures stand, and he rests his feet on a podium of variegated stone. He is located on the miniature’s central vertical axis, an axis emphasized by the symmetrical disposition of the armed guards, the two personifications presenting cornucopias, and the two angels above the baldachin’s dome. Charles dons lavish regalia. He wears a jeweled golden crown with projecting ornaments and a blue starred tunic decorated at the edges with a jeweled border. A purple
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