David with His Foot in a Noose in an Initial O

Domenico Morone (Italian, Verona ca. 1442–ca. 1518 Verona)

ca. 1500
Tempera and gold on parchment
7 3/8 x 6 1/8 in. (18.7 x 15.5cm) Initial Ground: 6 1/4 x 6 3/16 in. (15.8 x 15.7cm)
Manuscripts and Illuminations
Credit Line:
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975, 1975.1.2483
Accession Number:
  • Description

    The initial O introduces the introit to the Mass for the third Sunday of Lent, the forty-day penitential season preceding Easter: Oculi mei semper ad Dominumquia ipse ellevet de laqueopedesmeos ("My eyes are ever toward the Lord: for he shall pluck my feet out of the snare").
    The text, from Psalm 24:15, is illustrated by the figure of David holding the end of a noose around his foot and looking toward heaven and the hand of God. This fragment from an unidentified Gradual is among a small group of miniatures by the Veronese painter Domenico Morone, the father of Francesco Morone, who signed the illumination exhibited nearby. Domenico is known primarily for his panel paintings and large-scale frescoes for churches in the Veneto.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: Annotated (on verso, two fragmentary lines of text): me et mi / iquoni

    Marking: Annotated on the verso: at center top, in brown ink: No. 5; in the bottom left corner: 33 (circled) and 00900 (in pencil); at the lower left: 2 (in ink ?); in the center in light brown ink: 45 (circled); at the lower right: A (?)

  • Provenance

    [Maggs Brothers, London]. Acquired by Robert Lehman from Maggs.

  • See also
    In the Museum