King David in Prayer
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Jean Bourdichon
French, Tours, about 1480 - 1485
Tempera colors and gold on parchment
4 1/2 x 3 3/8 in.
MS. 48, FOL. 98

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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.