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Manuscript Leaf with King David in an Initial I, from a Psalter

early 15th century
North Italian
Tempera, gold, and ink on parchment
18 1/8 x 13 13/16in. (46 x 35.1cm) Other (Stave Height): 1 5/16in. (3.3cm) Mat: 28 × 22 in. (71.1 × 55.9 cm)
Manuscripts and Illuminations
Credit Line:
Gift of Miss Alice M. Dike, in memory of her father, Henry A. Dike, 1928
Accession Number:
Not on view
This intensely colored illumination, by an unknown artist for an unknown commission, is a singularly beautiful evocation of David as author of the 150 psalms. Quill in hand, he cocks his head to listen to the voice of God, whose face appears in the clouds. The image serves as a counterpoint to the text, in which David implores: "Incline thy ear, O Lord, and hear me."
Alice M. Dike, NY (until 1928)
Boehm, Barbara Drake. "Choirs of Angels: Painting in Italian Choir Books, 1300-1500." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, n.s., 66, no. 3 (Winter 2009). p. 11, fig. 6.

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