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Detailed manuscript information (based on Ernest Langlois, Les manuscrits du Roman de la rose. Description et classement, Geneva: Slatkine Reprints, 1974, p. 85):
Parchment, measure: 302x217mm, 155 fols, two columns at 38 lines. Beginning of second folio: Lors de ville ou talant d'aler. The manuscript contains the Roman de la rose. At the end, the following lines have been added:
- Explicit le Romans de la Rose,
Ou l'Art d'Amours est toute enclose.
Nature rit, si com moy semble,
Quant hic et hec joingnent ensemble.
Height: 11 lines
Gold leaf, red, blue, grey, white, brown
Underneath the miniature: Foliate red initial "D" with red, blue, and gold leaf foliates that spring upwards and downwards on the left side of the initial, framing the text and the miniature.
On the right side: Red foliate initial "E," with gold leaf background and a red foliate.
Directly above miniature: "Ci commence genius son sarmon"
Simple gold leaf exterior frame, with cornerpieces and a simple inner red frame with white wavy patterns on the right and left sides and a zigzag pattern on the top and bottom. The right sides of the frame also have gold foliate extenders.
Red, blue, and white diaper pattern (diamond pattern with white and red dots inside).
Placement of miniature:
Directly before Genius gives his definitive sentence
Place of Production of the Miniature:
Date of Production of the Miniature:
Similarities to other images from the corpus:
Gestures and composition:
BNCFCLAD, 153, 232v
BWAM, W. 143, fol 128r
BG, FR178, fol. 143v
PML, MS. 324, fol. 129r
BFMUM, H245, fol. 119r
LBL, MS YT21, fol. 127r
PML, MS. 132, fol. 138v
BNF, MS fr. 12595, fol. 140r
Langlois, Ernest. Les manuscrits du Roman de la Rose. Description et classement. Geneva : Slatkine Reprints, 1974, p. 85.
Genius (Bishop) is on the left.
Five members of the court of the God of Love are on the right.
Clothing and other features:
1. Genius (dressed as a bishop)
- Long red chasuble
2. Baron #1 (far left)
- Red courtepy with red tippets
Red and black poulaines
Short blonde hair
3. Lady #2 (middle)
- Long grey cotehardie
Elaborate hairdo with braids surrounding her face
4. Baron #3 (far right)
- Long pink gown
Pink hood over head
5. Baron #4 and #5 (behind) faces only
- Left: short blonde hair
Right: grey hood
Genius has his right hand in the air, pointing up, indicating a gesture of speech. His left hand is holding the podium/pulpit.
The members of the court of the God of Love are sitting down, some with their right hand under their chins in a gesture of listening or accepting Genius' words.
Genius is standing on a brown wooden pulpit. The inner part is shaped like a trefoil lancet window, probably a reference to a cathedral.
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