Description: In the upper half, Christ and the Sponsa are shown in dialogue as they walk towards a castle-like structure. In the bottom half, Christ embraces Wisdom and lays his head upon her breast.
Interpretation: The union of Christ and Wisdom compliments the embrace of Christ and the Sponso on the facing folio 18v.
Flanders or Upper Rhineland
The image is belongs to a series of miniatures related to the Song of Songs that depict the imitatio Christi as a process of spiritual transformation.
Rothschild Canticles (f. 18v): Christ embracing the Sponsa in the garden; Christ and the Sponsa entering the garden; the Sponsa as CaritasRothschild Canticles (f. 19r): Man of SorrowsRothschild Canticles (f. 23r): Sponsa fleeing from Christ as he descends into the garden; the Sponsa blackened by sin; Christ with a pruning knifeRothschild Canticles (f. 25r): Christ at the lattice; Christ and the Sponsa enter the garden; Christ and the Sponsa in the garden
Collection of William Alexander Douglas, Duke of Hamilton and Brandon.
Reverend Walter Sneyd, gift from Douglas in 1856.
Sotheby, sold 16 December 1903, no.513 Bernard Quaritch, London.
Collection of Edmond de Rothschild, MS 98, sold 24 June 1968 no.1 in Paris, Palais Galliéra.
Acquired from H.P. Kraus in 1968 as the gift of Edwin J. Beinecke.
Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University