225 Madison Avenue at 36th Street, New York, NY 10016. Just a short walk from Grand Central and Penn Station
Roman de la Rose
France, possibly Paris, ca. 1405
MS M.245 fol. 4v
Miniature in left column:
1) Roman de la Rose: Hypocrisy -- Personification of Hypocrisy, labelled in scroll, wearing nun’s habit of white veil over black garment, kneels, raising hands toward open book, inscribed QUI EST CESTE ..., on prie-dieu, in architectural setting (Prayer).
Figure against gold patterned background within gold frame sprouting foliage, at right of which is scroll inscribed in red and blue, CEST YMAGE EST PAPELARDIE.
Below miniature, blue initial U with red pen flourishes at beginning of text, UNE YMAGE OUT APPRES ESCRIPTE / QUI SEMBLOIT BIEN ESTRE YPOCRITE / ...
Miniature in right column:
2) Roman de la Rose: Poverty -- Personification of Poverty, labelled in scroll, with left hand raised, wearing tattered mantle over head bent down to right arm on knees, sits on grass.
Figure against patterned floreate background within gold frame sprouting foliage, at right of which is scroll inscribed in blue and red, QUI EST CESTE CY... CEST POURETE.
Below miniature, gold initial P with blue pen flourishes at beginning of text, POURETE FU AU DERRENIER / POURETE QUI UN SEUL DENIER / …
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