Manuscript Leaf with King David in an Initial I, from a Psalter
early 15th century
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
Gift of Miss Alice M. Dike, in memory of her father, Henry A. Dike, 1928
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)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Choirs of Angels: Painting in Italian Choir Books, 1300-1500," November 25, 2008–April 12, 2009.
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.