Item No: mca2101060
Title: Le chemin de paradis (The way to paradise)
French and Latin
Rare Book Department
This manuscript has been dated to ca. 1460-1470.
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. The procession continues here with the second of four groups to pull the chariot. This group is represents the Old Law, embodied by the Ten Commandments given to Moses by God. In the illustration, Moses is seated astride a hybrid creature with the legs of a horse and a bird. He points to the tablets contain the Commandments. He is followed by Old Testament figures who it was believed carried out the Commandment either in deed or in prophecy. These are David, Solomon, Tobias, Isaiah, Ezekiel, Jeremiah, Daniel, and Zachariah.
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Lewis E 210
Jean Germain - Author