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Abstract

This a fragment of a manuscript that was made in Germany in the late fourteenth century. It was part of a brightly illuminated copy of a popular anonymous treatise called the Speculum humanae salvationis, or Mirror of human salvation, in which events of the Old Testament were compared to those of the New. In this example, as was often the case, each column is headed by a miniature. These pages were reused as a wrapper for a book at some later time. The ghosting of the book it adorned can still be seen in the dark, abraded portion that spans the two pages. By the nineteenth century, the value of the pages was recognized, and they were restored to their state as a bifolium.

Text Note

Fragmentary; contains Chapter 6 in full, and Chapter 7 to line 56 ("Rubus sustinuit ignem et non perdidit viriditatem")

Hand note

Semi-formal cursive hybrid bookhand

Decoration Note

Six miniatures over three pages, with two side-by-side on the top half of each page, painted in green, red, and brown washes with silver accents; rubrics and image captions in red; text in black ink

Contributors

Cataloger: Herbert, Lynley

Cataloger: Walters Art Museum curatorial staff and researchers since 1934

Editor: Herbert, Lynley

Copy editor: Joyal, Stephanie

Contributor: Bockrath, Diane

Contributor: Dutschke, Consuelo

Contributor: Emery, Doug

Contributor: Hamburger, Jeffrey

Contributor: Noel, William

Contributor: Tabritha, Ariel

Contributor: Toth, Michael B.

Conservator: Owen, Linda

Conservator: Quandt, Abigail

Bibliography

Schwarz, Franz Joseph. Archive fuer christliche Kunst. Stuttgart: Kommissionsverlag "Deutsches volksblatt," 1884, pp. 87-88.


De Ricci, Seymour. "Errata and Addenda." In Census of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the United States and Canada. Vol. 2. New York: H. W. Wilson Company, 1937, p. 2292 (ref. to p. 821, cat. no. 390).


These are pages that we pulled aside that disrupted the flow of the manuscript reader. These may be bindings, inserts, bookmarks, and various other oddities.

Keywords
Treatise
Christian
German
Drawing
Illustration
Miniature
Germany
14th century
Theology

Origin Place

Germany

Date

Late 14th century CE

Form

leaves

Language

The primary language in this manuscript is Latin.

Provenance

Originally part of a manuscript created in Germany, late fourteenth century

Bifolium reused as wrapper for later book at an unknown place and time

Franz Trau collection, Vienna, Austria, until 1905

Ludwig Rosenthal, purchased from Franz Trau, Munich, October 27-28, 1905, no. 82 for 920 kronens

Leonardo Olschki, Italy, purchased from Ludwig Rosenthal, November 22, 1905 for 862.55 marks

Henry Walters, Baltimore, purchased from Olschki, no. 29361, for 1185 lire

Acquisition

Walters Art Museum, 1931, by Henry Walters' bequest

← search Two leaves from the Mirror of human salvation W.149

Origin Place

Germany

Date

Late 14th century CE

Form

leaves

Language

The primary language in this manuscript is Latin.

Provenance

Originally part of a manuscript created in Germany, late fourteenth century

Bifolium reused as wrapper for later book at an unknown place and time

Franz Trau collection, Vienna, Austria, until 1905

Ludwig Rosenthal, purchased from Franz Trau, Munich, October 27-28, 1905, no. 82 for 920 kronens

Leonardo Olschki, Italy, purchased from Ludwig Rosenthal, November 22, 1905 for 862.55 marks

Henry Walters, Baltimore, purchased from Olschki, no. 29361, for 1185 lire

Acquisition

Walters Art Museum, 1931, by Henry Walters' bequest

Manuscript Overview

Abstract

This a fragment of a manuscript that was made in Germany in the late fourteenth century. It was part of a brightly illuminated copy of a popular anonymous treatise called the Speculum humanae salvationis, or Mirror of human salvation, in which events of the Old Testament were compared to those of the New. In this example, as was often the case, each column is headed by a miniature. These pages were reused as a wrapper for a book at some later time. The ghosting of the book it adorned can still be seen in the dark, abraded portion that spans the two pages. By the nineteenth century, the value of the pages was recognized, and they were restored to their state as a bifolium.

Text Note

Fragmentary; contains Chapter 6 in full, and Chapter 7 to line 56 ("Rubus sustinuit ignem et non perdidit viriditatem")

Hand note

Semi-formal cursive hybrid bookhand

Decoration Note

Six miniatures over three pages, with two side-by-side on the top half of each page, painted in green, red, and brown washes with silver accents; rubrics and image captions in red; text in black ink

References

Contributors

Cataloger: Herbert, Lynley

Cataloger: Walters Art Museum curatorial staff and researchers since 1934

Editor: Herbert, Lynley

Copy editor: Joyal, Stephanie

Contributor: Bockrath, Diane

Contributor: Dutschke, Consuelo

Contributor: Emery, Doug

Contributor: Hamburger, Jeffrey

Contributor: Noel, William

Contributor: Tabritha, Ariel

Contributor: Toth, Michael B.

Conservator: Owen, Linda

Conservator: Quandt, Abigail

Bibliography

Schwarz, Franz Joseph. Archive fuer christliche Kunst. Stuttgart: Kommissionsverlag "Deutsches volksblatt," 1884, pp. 87-88.


De Ricci, Seymour. "Errata and Addenda." In Census of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the United States and Canada. Vol. 2. New York: H. W. Wilson Company, 1937, p. 2292 (ref. to p. 821, cat. no. 390).


Bindings & Oddities

These are pages that we pulled aside that disrupted the flow of the manuscript reader. These may be bindings, inserts, bookmarks, and various other oddities.

Keywords
Treatise
Christian
German
Drawing
Illustration
Miniature
Germany
14th century
Theology
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