Leaf from a Cocharelli Treatise on the Vices: Accidia and Her Court

Leaf from a Cocharelli Treatise on the Vices: Accidia and Her Court

c. 1330-40

Ink, tempera, and gold on vellum

Sheet: 16.3 x 10.3 cm (6 7/16 x 4 1/16 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1953.152

Description

This popular treatise on the vices uses personifications or imaginary persons to embody abstract qualities. Here, Queen Accidia represents Melancholy or Boredom and attempts to find diversion in gaming tables and pets or by watching workmen in the loggia above. The miniature is noteworthy for its depiction of richly adorned textiles and jeweled headresses imitative of the Islamic world.

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