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Initial B: David Playing the Harp and David and Goliath (Front view (.28v) / book image source / Detail Views)

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The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

The opening letter B dominates this page beginning the psalms. The succeeding letters of the first word of Psalm 1 follow in gold on the colored bands at the top and bottom: Beat[us] vir q[u]i n[on] abiit (Blessed is the man who does not walk ...).

Two scenes from the life of King David, the supposed author of the psalms, occupy the large initial B. In the page's bottom half, the youthful David faces the Philistine soldier Goliath. David's victory over Goliath led to King Saul's jealousy, which caused the king to attack David as the boy played the harp, as pictured in the top half of the letter. The lozenges and roundels around the perimeter of the design contain smaller scenes from David's life.

Details

  • Title: Initial B: David Playing the Harp and David and Goliath (Front view (.28v) / book image source / Detail Views)
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: about 1250–1260
  • Location Created: Paris, France
  • Physical Dimensions: Leaf: 19.2 × 13.3 cm (7 9/16 × 5 1/4 in.)
  • Type: Folio
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Tempera colors, gold leaf, and ink on parchment
  • Terms of Use: Open Content
  • Number: 83.MK.95.28v
  • Culture: French
  • Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Ms. Ludwig VIII 4, fol. 28v
  • Creator Display Name: Unknown
  • Classification: Manuscripts (Documents)

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