Rothschild Canticles (f. 5r): Palma contemplationis
ID
 
131
 
Original Country
 
France
 
Sorting Title
 
Rothschild Canticles (f. 5r): Palma contemplationis
 
Subject
 

Description: The 7 steps of mystical acent are represented as 7 branches of a palm tree, upon which Christ is crucified. On Christ's right are birds with positive connotations of eternity and resurrection: a peacock, swan, phoenix, and a white bird. On Christ's left are sinister birds with connotations of darkness, sin, and death: owl, a lion with wings who mauls a man, and a black winged bird who attacks an insect. This is the only extant manuscript illustration of the Palma contemplationis with the exception of later woodcuts.

 
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 seven steps of mystical acent described by the Palma contemplationis is complimented by representations of the 7 liberal arts of Philosophy and Theology.
Rothschild Canticles (f. 6v): Seven Liberal Arts (Grammar, Astronomy, Arithmetic, and Geometry)Rothschild 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. 5r): <i>Palma contemplationis</i>.