David in Prayer
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Master of Guillebert de Mets
Flemish, probably Ghent, about 1450 - 1455
Tempera colors, gold leaf, and gold paint on parchment
7 5/8 x 5 1/2 in.
MS. 2, FOL. 128

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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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