Rothschild Canticles (f. 18v): Christ embracing the Sponsa in the garden; Christ and the Sponsa entering the garden; the Sponsa as Caritas
ID
 
117
 
Original Country
 
France
 
Sorting Title
 
Rothschild Canticles (f. 18v): Christ embracing the Sponsa in the garden; Christ and the Sponsa entering the garden; the Sponsa as Caritas
 
Subject
 

Description: In the top register Christ is shown embracing the Sponda on the left and leading the Sponsa into the garden on the right. In the bottom half the kneeling Sponsa holds a lance and points to her eye.

Interpretation: Folios 18v and 19r are facing pages and when seen together the Sponsa is directly angaging with the image of Christ and points the lance directly to Christ's wound. The passage from folio 17v cites a passage from Songs 4.9: "Thou hast qounded my heart, my sister my spouse ... with one of thy eyes." Christ's wound is a symbol of his love for mankind, and the Sponsa's act of wounding reciprocates the soul's love for Christ.
Additionaly, the centurion who thrust the lance into Christ's side was cured of blindness when touched by the blood of Christ.

 
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. 18v): Christ embracing the Sponsa in the garden; Christ and the Sponsa entering the garden; the Sponsa as Caritas.