Rothschild Canticles (f. 19r): Man of Sorrows
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Rothschild Canticles (f. 19r): Man of Sorrows

Description: Christ is shown full length and entirely naked, posed between the column of flagellation and the cross. His left leg is tied to the column, he embraces the column with his right arm, and holds the whip of flagellation in his right hand even as he points to his side wound. His right foot and left hand is nailed to the cross. The crown of thorns lies beneath him.

Interpretation: The image represents his victory and redemption of man. As described in Revelation 3.20, the side wound is the gateway to mystical fulfillment. Christ is shown as an agent of his own Passion. His total nakedness and pose with crossed legs is reminiscent of images of his Baptism.

Creation Date
ca. 1300
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Work Type
ca. 118 x 84 mm
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Original Location

Flanders or Upper Rhineland


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. 19r): Man of Sorrows.