Pennsylvania Museum, 1945-65-13

The three dead and three living
1945-65-13, Lazarus
The secret woman
1945-65-13, Secret

The office of the dead starts with Jesus raising Lazarus. To the left are the three dead, to the right the three living, and below is the hermit.

Then the dance starts with 62(!) delightful scenes. First come the 30 men. The scenes are copied faithfully from a printed book by Anthoine Vérard. There's the whole series from the Pope down to the dead king and the authority, except that the merchant is missing. Where he should have been is instead a blank page, and on the other side is a full page illustration.

The women's dance is more intriguing. There aren't that many printed versions of the women's dance, so it is difficult to say what source the artist has copied.

There are 32 of them, and the sequence has strong similarities with the manuscript BNF Ms. 1186.

In both sources, the spinster woman comes right after the young woman, La jeune damoiselle. The hospitable woman, La femme daccueil, is here called "La femme secrette" (which is a bit odd, since it's La femme amoureuse who is the prostitute (whereas in the marginals by Kerver it's the other way around), and the Franciscan nun, La cordeliere, is called La dame de religion.

The BNF ms. 1186 only has 30 women, so the book of hours in question has two more. The first is a novel one, the priestess: La prestresse. She is added after La fame de village, where other (later) manuscripts instead add "the old woman", La vieille — not to be confused with La vieille damoiselle or La vieille potenciere.

The other addition in this book of hours is the witch, La sorciere, who were soon to become a staple character in the dance.

 

The last manuscript that we will examinte also contains both men and women. And it has text as well as images. The book used to belong to Carlos V,

Go forth
 

The next chapter in this series is about a manuscript with both text and pictures.

The previous subject was a book owned by Francis Douce..

Pennsylvania Museum of Art, 1945-65-13

Lazarus
1945-65-13 1500: Lazarus
Pope
1945-65-13 1500: Pope
Emperor
1945-65-13 1500: Emperor
Cardinal
1945-65-13 1500: Cardinal
King
1945-65-13 1500: King
Patriarch
1945-65-13 1500: Patriarch
Connétable
1945-65-13 1500: Connétable
Archbishop
1945-65-13 1500: Archbishop
Knight
1945-65-13 1500: Knight
Bishop
1945-65-13 1500: Bishop
Nobleman
1945-65-13 1500: Nobleman
Abbot
1945-65-13 1500: Abbot
Bailiff
1945-65-13 1500: Bailiff
Astrologer
1945-65-13 1500: Astrologer
Citizen
1945-65-13 1500: Citizen
Canon
1945-65-13 1500: Canon
Carthusian
1945-65-13 1500: Carthusian
Sergeant
1945-65-13 1500: Sergeant
Monk
1945-65-13 1500: Monk
Usurer
1945-65-13 1500: Usurer
Physician
1945-65-13 1500: Physician
Suitor
1945-65-13 1500: Suitor
Lawyer
1945-65-13 1500: Lawyer
Minstrel
1945-65-13 1500: Minstrel
Priest
1945-65-13 1500: Priest
Peasant
1945-65-13 1500: Peasant
Monk
1945-65-13 1500: Monk
Child
1945-65-13 1500: Child
Clerk
1945-65-13 1500: Clerk
Hermit
1945-65-13 1500: Hermit
Authority
1945-65-13 1500: Authority
Queen
1945-65-13 1500: Queen
Duchess
1945-65-13 1500: Duchess
Ruler
1945-65-13 1500: Ruler
Knight's wife
1945-65-13 1500: Knight's wife
Noblewoman
1945-65-13 1500: Noblewoman
Young woman
1945-65-13 1500: Young woman
Spinster
1945-65-13 1500: Spinster
Citizeness
1945-65-13 1500: Citizeness
Widow
1945-65-13 1500: Widow
Merchant's wife
1945-65-13 1500: Merchant's wife
Bailiff's wife
1945-65-13 1500: Bailiff's wife
Bride
1945-65-13 1500: Bride
Darling wife
1945-65-13 1500: Darling wife
Virgin
1945-65-13 1500: Virgin
Theologianess
1945-65-13 1500: Theologianess
Newly-wed
1945-65-13 1500: Newly-wed
Pregnant
1945-65-13 1500: Pregnant
Chambermaid
1945-65-13 1500: Chambermaid
Housekeeper
1945-65-13 1500: Housekeeper
Franciscan Nun
1945-65-13 1500: Franciscan Nun
Peasant woman
1945-65-13 1500: Peasant woman
Priestess
1945-65-13 1500: Priestess
Resaleswoman
1945-65-13 1500: Resaleswoman
Suitoress
1945-65-13 1500: Suitoress
Secret
1945-65-13 1500: Secret
Wetnurse
1945-65-13 1500: Wetnurse
Shepherdess
1945-65-13 1500: Shepherdess
Woman with crutches
1945-65-13 1500: Woman with crutches
Midwife
1945-65-13 1500: Midwife
Little girl
1945-65-13 1500: Little girl
Nun
1945-65-13 1500: Nun
Witch
1945-65-13 1500: Witch

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