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Le pèlerinage de la vie humaine
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Le pèlerinage de la vie humaine


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Description This allegorical text written in vernacular verse was inspired by Guillaume de Lorris's and Jean de Meun's Roman de la Rose. Composed ca. 1330-1332 by Guillaume de Digulleville with a second recension in 1355, this text represents the earlier of the two versions. Produced in northeast France in 1370, the Walters' copy contains a frontispiece miniature with a portrait of the author, as well as eighty-three tinted grisaille illustrations. These images are based on models consistent with contemporary thematic choices and contain abundant anecdotal detail, lending character to the text. As of spring 2014 the Institute for the Study of Textual History, Romance Languages in France has been gathering all reproductions of Digulleville's manuscripts. W. 141 is one of the few copies outside of France.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
3/07/2014Treatmentbinding stabilized; examined for digitization; media consolidation; splits mended
Exhibitions
  • Illuminated Manuscripts: Masterpieces in Miniature. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1984-1985.
  • Text and Image: Medieval Book Illustration. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1986.
  • Tales in the Telling: Secular Narrative Illustration in the Medieval Book. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1991.
Provenance Possibly Jacques of Armagnac, Duke of Nemours, 15th century [1]. Sotheby's Sale, London, May 25 1906, lot 373; purchased by J. and J. Leighton, London, 1906; acquired by Léon Gruel, Paris [2]; purchased by Henry Walters, Baltimore; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1931. [1] Inscription reading "De da.../Cest livre est a moy J...", believed by De Ricci to reference Jacques of Armagnac [2] N 1120 on bookplate
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1906

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Period
ca. 1370
Medium
ink and pigments on parchment bound between boards covered with fabric and velvet
(Manuscripts & Rare Books)
Accession Number
W.141
Measurements
Folio H: 10 5/8 × W: 7 5/8 in. (27 × 19.3 cm)
Geographies
  • France (Place of Origin)
  • France, Paris (Place of Binding)
Location Within Museum
Not On View

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