Frontispiece of Book II of Boethius’ ‘De Consolatione Philosophiae’

Frontispiece of Book II of Boethius’ ‘De Consolatione Philosophiae’

Attributed to the Maître de Coëtivy

  • Year created: c. 1460-70
  • Creator: Attributed to the Maître de Coëtivy
  • Country of Origin: France
  • Dimensions: 241 x 165 mm
  • Gallery: Sixteenth Century Gallery

The frontispiece to Book II of Boethius’ ‘On the Consolation of Philosophy’ is a beautiful example for French manuscript illumination in the fifteenth century. The finely painted miniature shows the philosopher Boethius in a pink robe listening to instructions from the female figure, the personification of Philosophy. To the right Fortune turns a wheel on which are four figures, kings and other aristocrats, symbolising the capricious nature of Fate.

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