Spirituale Pomerium

Spirituale Pomerium Facsimile Edition

ca. 1440

Mysterious mysticism of the 15th century: a young girl gathering apples as an allegory for the Christian soul receiving divine benefits

  1. The codex is not technically a printed book, but a paper manuscript designed to accommodate woodcuts

  2. Hendrik van den Bogaerde (1382–1469) was a cleric, prior, and author of this and other texts

  3. The woodcuts were likely created by Rogier van der Weyden (1400–64) or Vrancke van der Stockt (before 1420–95)

Spirituale Pomerium

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Spirituale Pomerium

The Spirituale pomerium, which can be translated as “Spiritual Apple Orchard”, is a codex consists of a treatise on spiritual blessings illustrated by twelve woodcuts. Strictly speaking, the codex is not a chiro-xylographic book but a manuscript of twenty-five paper leaves in which twelve block prints are variously mounted, at the head, middle, or foot of the pages. It appears as though the scribe planned the layout of the pages to accommodate the pictures. The verso of the first page beards an inscription with the name Henricus ex Pomerio, which was a pseudonym used by Hendrik van den Bogaerde, a cleric, prior, and author of this and other texts. Research indicate that both the manuscript and the woodcuts originated from ca. 1440. The woodcuts include 4 scenes from the Old Testament and 8 from the New ranging from Creation to the Coronation of the Virgin Mary with explanatory texts in banderoles. Each depicts a tree beneath which a pious soul, represented by a young girl, gathers three apples representing three blessings. It is believed that either Rogier van der Weyden or Vrancke van der Stockt was the artist responsible for these woodcuts. Only one copy stored in the Bibliothèque Royale in Brussels survives today.


Alternative Titles
Spiritual Apple Orchard
Geistlicher Apfelgarten
Size / Format
50 pages / 27.5 x 21.0 cm
ca. 1440
12 woodcuts
Artist / School
Facsimile Editions

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