Rothschild Canticles (f. 66r): The connubium spirituale
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Rothschild Canticles (f. 66r): The connubium spirituale

Description: The reclining Sponsa in the lower half of the scene raises her hands and looks up at Christ, who peers out from the cloudy heavens in the upper left. A golden sun dominates the center and the rest of the cloudy heavens is decorated with golden stars.

Interpretation: Based on Songs 1.6, the soul finds fulfillment in Christ and their mutual love finds visual manifestation in terms of erotic love, as Christ descends to Sponsa's bedchamber.

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

Flanders or Upper Rhineland

Related Work

The image belongs to a group of Mystical Union miniatures in which the Sponsa is represented as the bride of Christ. There are only 4 extant of the original 5, which illustrate the successive stages of the Sponsa's withdrawal into contemplation.
Rothschild Canticles (f. 68r): Lectulus floridus noster; the mystical wine cellarRothschild Canticles (f. 70r): Sleeping Sponsa; Christ instructing the handmaidens; gazelles and the hinds of the fieldRothschild Canticles (f. 73r): Coronation of the Sponsa; winter and spring


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. 66r): The connubium spirituale.