Initial D: The Fool with Two Demons
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Master of the Ingeborg Psalter
French, probably Noyon, after 1205
Tempera colors and gold leaf on parchment
12 3/16 x 8 5/8 in.
MS. 66, FOL. 56

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An enthroned man wearing a fool's cap illustrates the opening verse of Psalm 52-"The fool says in his heart 'There is no God.'" The scroll he holds proclaims this heresy: Non e[st] Deu[s] (There is no God). Two mischievous demons incite him to this thought, while an angel above attempts to warn the fool against such a notion.