Folio 44vDetailed manuscript information (based on Ernest Langlois, Les manuscrits du Roman de la rose. Description et classement, Geneva : Slatkine Reprints, 1974, p. 48-49):

Parchment, measure: 325x231mm, 200 fols numbered by a rubricator, at two columns, 37 lines. Beginning of second folio: D'un aiguillier mignot et gent. Binding with Napoleon's coat of arms. The Roman appears on fols 1-157r, followed by the Testament on fols 158r-167v. Fol. 168 is left blank followed by the Sept articles de la foi on fols 169r-200r and the Codicille on fol. 200r-v.


Scene depicted
 
Lady Reason offers her advice to Lover.

Miniature Description

Size:
Column picture. 
Height: 12 lines. 
 
Material and colors:
Parchment
Blue, red, white, pink, green, gold leaf
 
Rubric:
Located on the right side above miniature.  Reads: “Raison qui p[ar]le a lama[n]s”
 
Frame:
Gilded outer border with red and white inner bars. Foliate tendrils with golden leaves extend from left side of the frame.  
 
Background:
Diaper pattern background. Diagonal grid.  Alternating blue and gilded lozenges.  Illusionistic green ground. 
 
Place of production of miniature:
Paris, France
 
Date of production of miniature:
15th century
 
Similarities with other images from the corpus:
Lady Reason matches gestures depicted in all three miniatures from  BNF, Ms. Fr. 12595 as well as gestures in PML, Ms. M. 324, ÖNB, Codex 2592 , BMC, Ms. 207, KBR, Ms. 4782. 
 
Secondary sources :
Fleming, John V. TheRoman de la Rose: a Study in Allegory and Iconography. Princeton: Princeton UP, 1969
  
  • Lady Reason is typically thought of as a queen, represented with a crown and standing by or descending from her tower, a symbol of her exalted station and a reminder that she descends to aid man. Sometimes wears the scarf of 14thcentury Gothic Virgins (Fleming 113).
  • Reason shares the iconographical attributes of Lady Philosophy, kinship with Divine Sapience, or the Second Person of the Trinity in both Guillaume and Jean (Fleming 114). 

Detailed description
 
Allegories:
Lady Reason on the right
Lover on the left
 
Clothing:
1. Lover
  • Blue houppeland trimmed with white.
  • Red chaperon
  • Black girdle
  • Red gipser
  • Red bombards
2. Lady Reason
  • Rose coloured long robe with white tippets
  • White kirtle
  • Gold Crown on her head
Gestures:
Lady Reason's index finger is elevated in a gesture of speech signifying her role as a teacher.
The Lover appears with his arms crossed over his chest in the signifying his role as a listener.

Ex-libris

  1. On last flyleaf: Ce livre est au duc de Berry. Jehan
  2. Following the Roman, several ex-libris have been erased and are illegible.

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