- 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.