Le chemin de paradis (The way to paradise)

Medieval Manuscripts
Le chemin de paradis (The way to paradise)

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Item No: mca2101400
Title: Le chemin de paradis (The way to paradise)
Script: Bastarda
Language: French and Latin
Folio Number: ff. 140v-141r
Source: Rare Book Department

This manuscript has been dated to ca. 1460-1470.

Notes: 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 third of four groups to pull the chariot. This group represents the period of the New Law, embodied by the figure of Ecclesia, the personification of the Church. Ecclesia sits astride a fantastic creature composed of the attributes of four animals, a man, a lion, an ox, and an eagle, which symbolize the four Evangelists. Ecclesia is preceded by the twelve Apostles who preached the Christian faith and were believed to have composed the twelve Articles of Faith as expressed in the Apostle's Creed. The Apostles are lead by Sts. Paul and Barnabas, who were early converts to the Christian faith and instrumental in spreading the new religion with the twelve chosen Apostles.
Notes: New Law
Sirsi Catalog Key: 1609892
Country: Country:France
Region/County:Burgundy ?

Creation Year (Single Year or Range Begin): 1475
Image Dimensions Width: 282 mm
ShelfMark: Lewis E 210
Creator Name: Jean Germain - Author

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