Item No: mca2100040
Title: Le chemin de paradis (The way to paradise)
French and Latin
Rare Book Department
This manuscript has been dated to ca. 1460-1470.
Jean Germain preaching and a Procession
Le Chemin de Paradis purports to be an explanation of the allegorical subject matter of two tapestries depicting a procession of the Church Militant that were commissioned by Jean Germain (ca. 1400-1461), bishop of Chalon-sur-Saône and counselor to Philip III of Burgundy, for his church. Also known as "Les deux pans de la tapisserie chrétienne" (The two panels of the Christian tapestry), the tapestry as well as Germain's text were intended for the instruction of clerics in preaching the faith. The allegory describes how Scripture and the interpretation of the Divine Word form the vehicle by which the Church is made triumphant. Five leaves of parchment inserted throughout the manuscript according to the different sections illustrate the text. An inscription on this opening identifies the figure at the podium as the author himself, Jean Germain, preaching to a crowd composed of monks, clergy, and members of the laity. Opposite, a group of acolytes gathers to begin a procession. The scene provides a wonderful glimpse into late medieval liturgical practice and prefaces the allegorical procession described in the following pages.
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Lewis E 210
Jean Germain - Author