Rothschild Canticles (f. 30r): Souls dancing in heaven; Wise and Foolish Virgins
ID
 
136
 
Original Country
 
France
 
Sorting Title
 
Rothschild Canticles (f. 30r): Souls dancing in heaven; Wise and Foolish Virgins
 
Subject
 

Description: In the top register, men and women dance in a secular setting. In the middle register, Christ welcomes into Heaven 5 Wise Virgins who are crowned, hold flaming lamps, and stand on crenellated battlements. In the lowest register, 5 Foolish Virgins are barred from entering and a demon topples them with a halbert in the lower left corner.

Interpretation: Heaven is depicted as an impregnable castle with Christ at the gate of paradise.

 
Creation Date
 
ca. 1300
 
Century
 
14th
 
Style Genre
 
Medieval
 
Work Type
 
dissertation/thesis
 
Measurements
 
ca. 118 x 84 mm
 
Format Medium
 

miniature

 
Original Location
 

Flanders or Upper Rhineland

 
Provenance
 

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 GalliƩra.
Acquired from H.P. Kraus in 1968 as the gift of Edwin J. Beinecke.

 
Current Repository
 

Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University

 
Repository Number
 
MS 404
 
Image of Rothschild Canticles (f. 30r): Souls dancing in heaven; Wise and Foolish Virgins.