King David in Prayer

Object Details

Title:

King David in Prayer

Artist/Maker(s):

Jean Bourdichon (French, 1457 - 1521, active Tours, France, early 1480s - 1521)

Culture:

French

Date:

about 1480 - 1490

Medium:

Tempera colors, gold leaf, gold and silver paint, and ink on parchment

Dimensions:

Leaf: 11.4 x 8.6 cm (4 1/2 x 3 3/8 in.)

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King David kneels before God to ask heartfelt forgiveness for his sins. An image of David, traditionally considered the author of the Bible's psalms, commonly preceded the seven penitential psalms in book of hours. These psalms were to be said every day as a means of obtaining absolution.

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