Rothschild Canticles (f. 79r): Trinity
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Rothschild Canticles (f. 79r): Trinity

Description: A ring of clouds emanating golden rays of light dominates the center of the page. The Trinity is alluded to in two large golden suns and a dove flying above, all three of which are aligned around the circle of clouds. In the upper left corner a figure peers out from the cloudy heavens to rings bells, in the upper right a figure peers out from the cloudy heavens to gesture at the dove, in the lower left sits a figure whose face has been rubbed out, and in the lower right corner, a seated figure holds a lamp over his head and looks up at the vision.

Interpretation: Viewers were intended to respond to the image as if it were in fact a mystic vision of the Godhead. It is a simulacrum of the ultimate vision mystics aspired to.

Creation Date
ca. 1300
Style Genre
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. 79r): Trinity.