David in Prayer

Object Details

Title:

David in Prayer

Artist/Maker(s):

Master of Guillebert de Mets (Flemish, active about 1410 - 1450)

Culture:

Flemish

Date:

about 1450 - 1455

Medium:

Tempera colors, gold leaf, and ink on parchment

Dimensions:

Leaf: 19.4 x 14 cm (7 5/8 x 5 1/2 in.)

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The theme of David in prayer often introduces the Penitential Psalms in books of hours. Not only was David traditionally identified as the author of the psalms, but he served as a model for penitence. After his adultery with Bathsheba, he was rebuked by the prophet Nathan and repented. Here he appears on his knees, speaking directly from his heart to the Lord.

The repetition of the colors of green, blue, and gold, the depiction of large lilies in the borders, and the inclusion of a banderole issuing from the miniature into the border foliage matches the decorative scheme of the preceding image of the Last Judgment, producing a harmonious double-page opening.

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