Rothschild Canticles (f. 6v): Seven Liberal Arts (Grammar, Astronomy, Arithmetic, and Geometry)
ID
 
133
 
Original Country
 
France
 
Sorting Title
 
Rothschild Canticles (f. 6v): Seven Liberal Arts (Grammar, Astronomy, Arithmetic, and Geometry)
 
Subject
 

Description: Vignettes of Grammar, Astronomy, Arithmetic, and Geometry are set in an evenly divided crenelated building with identifying banderoles and attributes.

Interpretation: The 7 liberal arts were identified with the 7 daughters of Philosophy and were associated as yet more steps towards the divine. Christ was identified with Wisdom and meditation was further linked with the study of the Arts. The image is unaccompanied by text and exists as a meditative piece unto itself.

 
Creation Date
 
c. 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

 
Related Work
 

The 7 liberal arts of of Philosophy and Theology are complimented by the preceding Palma contemplationis, which describe the 7 steps of mystical ascent.
Rothschild Canticles (f. 5r): Palma contemplationisRothschild Canticles (f. 7r): Seven Liberal Arts (Music, Logic, and Rhetoric)

 
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. 6v): Seven Liberal Arts (Grammar, Astronomy, Arithmetic, and Geometry).