Manuscript Illumination with David in Prayer in an Initial M, from a Psalter
Girolamo dai Libri (Italian, Verona 1474–1555 Verona)
Made in Verona, Italy
Tempera, ink, and gold on parchment
Overall: 8 15/16 x 6 1/4 in. (22.7 x 15.9 cm)
Illumination: 3 3/16 x 3 1/8 in. (8.1 x 8 cm)
Mat: 19 3/16 x 14 3/16 in. (48.7 x 36.1 cm)
Manuscripts and Illuminations
Rogers Fund, 1912
Not on view
Like the singing monks in Girolamo dai Libri's miniature executed for the same psalter (displayed nearby), David appears here in prayer with his mouth open and his gaze turned heavenward. In many images of David, God the Father appears above him as the object of his inspiration. Like the monks, he appears to look beyond the frame of the initial, as if he were reading the text of the psalter.
From a psalter created for the Olivetan monastery of Santa Maria in Organo, Verona; comte Luigi Balladoro of Verona(until 1888); [ Jean Paul Richter, London and Florence (sold 1912)]
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