Rothschild Canticles (f. 23r): Sponsa fleeing from Christ as he descends into the garden; the Sponsa blackened by sin; Christ with a pruning knife
ID
 
137
 
Original Country
 
France
 
Sorting Title
 
Rothschild Canticles (f. 23r): Sponsa fleeing from Christ as he descends into the garden; the Sponsa blackened by sin; Christ with a pruning knife
 
Subject
 

Description: In the upper half, Christ descends from the clouds of Heaven, gesturing to a half naked Sponsa who throws her hands into the air. In the lower half, Christ holds a pruning knife and makes a gesture of reproach towards the fully naked Sponsa raises her arms in surprise and despair.

Interpretation: 5 scenes on folios 23r and 25r depict the mystical encounter between Christ and the soul. First Christ calls on the soul, like a lover seeking a reconciliation, but the soul is overcome and flees.

 
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. 23r): Sponsa fleeing from Christ as he descends into the garden; the Sponsa blackened by sin; Christ with a pruning knife.