Item No: mcai480191
Additional Title: Antiphonary
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Initial D with King David playing the harp
This initial begins the first response of the first nocturn of Wednesday Matins in the fourth week after Easter: "Deus, canticum novum cant[abo tibi] ..." (Lord, I will sing to you a new song).
According to tradition, David, the biblical king of Israel, composed the psalms. Hence, David is often shown playing a harp or psaltery according to his role as the author of these sung prayers.
The initial was illuminated by the Italian painter Neri da Rimini, whom documents show to have been active in Rimini and Bologna in the early fourteenth century.
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Lewis E M 48:18-20
Neri da Rimini - Artist