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Manuscript cutting
  • Date: c. 1460–70
  • Medium: Gouache, ink and gold on vellum
  • Height: 24.1 cm
  • Width: 16.5 cm
  • Inv: M320
  • Location: Sixteenth Century Gallery
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Further Reading
  • This is a cutting from an illuminated manuscript of the late Roman consul Boethius’s celebrated work On the Consolations of Philosophy. The frontispiece to Book II, the illustration shows Boethius in a pink robe listening to instruction from the female figure of Philosophy. To the right Fortune turns a wheel on which are four figures, including a king with a crown. This miniature and another in the Wallace Collection, the frontispiece to Book III, are attributed to the Maître de Coëtivy, named after a Book of Hours made for Oliver de Coëtivy and his wife, Marie Marguerite de Valois, 1458–73 (Vienna, Österreichische Nationalbibliothek).