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Romance Of The Rose Collection

"Romance of the Rose: An Illuminated Tale of Love and Life" Step back in time to the enchanting world of the "Romance of the Rose

Background imageRomance Of The Rose Collection: ROMANCE OF THE ROSE. Love Speaks to the Lover. Manuscript illumination, French, 1487-1495

ROMANCE OF THE ROSE. Love Speaks to the Lover. Manuscript illumination, French, 1487-1495

Background imageRomance Of The Rose Collection: Romance of the rose; 1503 Woodcut by antoine Verard, Paris 1500

Romance of the rose; 1503 Woodcut by antoine Verard, Paris 1500
1579285 Romance of the rose; 1503 Woodcut by antoine Verard, Paris 1500; (add.info.: Romance of the rose; 1503 Woodcut by antoine Verard, Paris 1500); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageRomance Of The Rose Collection: Romance of the rose; 1503 Woodcut by Lorris and Jean de Meung

Romance of the rose; 1503 Woodcut by Lorris and Jean de Meung
1579276 Romance of the rose; 1503 Woodcut by Lorris and Jean de Meung; (add.info.: Romance of the rose; 1503 Woodcut by Lorris and Jean de Meung); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageRomance Of The Rose Collection: Romance of the rose; 1503 Woodcut by Lorris and Jean de Meung

Romance of the rose; 1503 Woodcut by Lorris and Jean de Meung
1579275 Romance of the rose; 1503 Woodcut by Lorris and Jean de Meung; (add.info.: Romance of the rose; 1503 Woodcut by Lorris and Jean de Meung); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageRomance Of The Rose Collection: Priests and winged figure, mid 14th century. Creator: Unknown

Priests and winged figure, mid 14th century. Creator: Unknown
Priests and winged figure, mid 14th century. Illustration in "Le Roman de la Rose" (The Romance of the Rose), a medieval poem in Old French

Background imageRomance Of The Rose Collection: Reproduction of print showing Garden courtship, between 1915 and 1925

Reproduction of print showing Garden courtship, between 1915 and 1925. Creator: Frances Benjamin Johnston
Reproduction of print showing Garden courtship, between 1915 and 1925. Photographo of a tondo, possibly from Guillaume de Lorris and Jean de Meun, "Roman de la Rose"

Background imageRomance Of The Rose Collection: Reproduction of illustration showing Louvre Castle of Philip III, between 1915 and 1925

Reproduction of illustration showing Louvre Castle of Philip III, between 1915 and 1925
Reproduction of illustration showing Louvre Castle of Philip III [sic], between 1915 and 1925. Photograph of an illumination from Guillaume de Lorris and Jean de Meun, "Roman de La Rose"

Background imageRomance Of The Rose Collection: Reproduction of illustration showing an enclosed garden, between 1915 and 1925

Reproduction of illustration showing an enclosed garden, between 1915 and 1925. Creator: Frances Benjamin Johnston
Reproduction of illustration showing an enclosed garden, between 1915 and 1925. Photograph of an illumination from Guillaume de Lorris and Jean de Meun, "Roman de La Rose"

Background imageRomance Of The Rose Collection: Old Age, from the Romance of the Rose, c 1480

Old Age, from the Romance of the Rose, c 1480
LLM457991 Old Age, from the Romance of the Rose, c 1480 by Shaw, Henry (1800-73); Private Collection; (add.info.: Old Age, from the Romance of the Rose, c 1480, in the British Museum, Harl Ms 4425)

Background imageRomance Of The Rose Collection: Figure 2 from the Romance of the Rose, c 1480, in the British Museum, Harl Ms 4425

Figure 2 from the Romance of the Rose, c 1480, in the British Museum, Harl Ms 4425
LLM457994 Figure 2 from the Romance of the Rose, c 1480, in the British Museum, Harl Ms 4425 by Shaw, Henry (1800-73); Private Collection; (add.info.: Figure 2 from the Romance of the Rose, c 1480)

Background imageRomance Of The Rose Collection: Figure 4 from the Romance of the Rose, c 1480, in the British Museum, Harl Ms 4425

Figure 4 from the Romance of the Rose, c 1480, in the British Museum, Harl Ms 4425
LLM457995 Figure 4 from the Romance of the Rose, c 1480, in the British Museum, Harl Ms 4425 by Shaw, Henry (1800-73); Private Collection; (add.info.: Figure 4 from the Romance of the Rose, c 1480)

Background imageRomance Of The Rose Collection: Figure 1 from the Romance of the Rose, c 1480, in the British Museum, Harl Ms 4425

Figure 1 from the Romance of the Rose, c 1480, in the British Museum, Harl Ms 4425
LLM457993 Figure 1 from the Romance of the Rose, c 1480, in the British Museum, Harl Ms 4425 by Shaw, Henry (1800-73); Private Collection; (add.info.: Figure 1 from the Romance of the Rose, c 1480)

Background imageRomance Of The Rose Collection: Poverty, from the Romance of the Rose, c 1480, in the British Museum, Harl Ms 4425

Poverty, from the Romance of the Rose, c 1480, in the British Museum, Harl Ms 4425
LLM457992 Poverty, from the Romance of the Rose, c 1480, in the British Museum, Harl Ms 4425 by Shaw, Henry (1800-73); Private Collection; (add.info.: Poverty, from the Romance of the Rose, c 1480)

Background imageRomance Of The Rose Collection: Old age and poverty, 15th century, (1849). Creator: H Moulin

Old age and poverty, 15th century, (1849). Creator: H Moulin
Old age and poverty, 15th century, (1849). An elderly woman on crutches, representing old age, and a figure in rags with a begging bowl, representing poverty

Background imageRomance Of The Rose Collection: A dance in a garden, c13th-15th century (1882-1884)

A dance in a garden, c13th-15th century (1882-1884). After a miniature from the Roman de la Rose. A print from La France et les Francais a Travers les Siecles, Volume II, F Roy editor, A Challamel

Background imageRomance Of The Rose Collection: Three minstrels, c1480, (1910)

Three minstrels, c1480, (1910). Representation after a manuscript of the Romance of the Rose, part of a larger scene representing the karole or dance of Sire Mirthe

Background imageRomance Of The Rose Collection: Minstrels, c1480, (1843). Artist: Henry Shaw

Minstrels, c1480, (1843). Artist: Henry Shaw
Minstrels, c1480, (1843). Engraving after a manuscript of the Romance of the Rose, part of a larger scene representing the karole or dance of Sire Mirthe

Background imageRomance Of The Rose Collection: ROMANCE OF THE ROSE. Manuscript illumination, France, 1487-95

ROMANCE OF THE ROSE. Manuscript illumination, France, 1487-95

Background imageRomance Of The Rose Collection: DANCERS, 15TH CENTURY. Three couples dance to the accompaniment of a wind ensemble

DANCERS, 15TH CENTURY. Three couples dance to the accompaniment of a wind ensemble at the Court of Mirth. Illumination from a manuscript of the Romance of the Rose, French, 15th century

Background imageRomance Of The Rose Collection: DANCERS, c1380. Men and women dancing with arms linked to the accompaniment of three musicians

DANCERS, c1380. Men and women dancing with arms linked to the accompaniment of three musicians. Illumination from a manuscript of the Romance of the Rose, French, c1380

Background imageRomance Of The Rose Collection: DANCERS, 14TH CENTURY. Two couples dancing the carole in a garden

DANCERS, 14TH CENTURY. Two couples dancing the carole in a garden. Illumination from a manuscript of the Romance of the Rose, French, 14th century


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"Romance of the Rose: An Illuminated Tale of Love and Life" Step back in time to the enchanting world of the "Romance of the Rose, " a captivating manuscript illumination from 15th century France. This exquisite work of art, created between 1487-1495, transports us into a realm where love speaks directly to the lover's heart. Intriguing figures grace its pages, each telling their own story within this romantic tapestry. One such portrayal is that of Old Age, depicted with wisdom etched upon his face. His presence reminds us that love endures even as time passes by. Figure 2 captures our attention with its delicate beauty; it showcases a scene from this timeless romance held within the British Museum's Harl Ms 4425 collection. The intricate details draw us closer, inviting us to immerse ourselves in this tale filled with passion and longing. As we turn to Figure 4, we witness another glimpse into this mesmerizing narrative. It reveals an intimate moment shared between two lovers amidst lush surroundings—a testament to the power and allure of true love. The first figure presented in Harl Ms 4425 captivates our imagination with its mysterious charm. Its depiction leaves much open for interpretation—perhaps it represents desire or unrequited love? Regardless, it sparks curiosity and invites contemplation. Poverty takes center stage in another illustration from this masterpiece. Here we see how love can transcend material wealth as two souls find solace and connection despite their humble circumstances. The artwork by H Moulin portrays old age intertwined with poverty—a poignant reminder that love knows no boundaries or limitations imposed by societal norms or physical appearances. A dance unfolds before our eyes in a garden setting—an expression of joyous celebration captured through centuries-old brushstrokes. We can almost hear the melodies played by minstrels who accompany these graceful movements (as seen in Henry Shaw's rendition).