David and Bathsheba

Item Info

Item No: mcai430111
Title: David and Bathsheba
Additional Title: Book of Hours
Script: Bastarda
Folio Number: front
Source: Rare Book Department

This miniature begins the Penitential Psalms. The scene of David watching Bathsheba at bath was a popular theme to accompany these seven psalms that were recited as an act of penance. After seeing her, David conspires to have Bathsheba's husband Uriah sent to the frontlines of battle, effectively murdering him so that the king could have Bathsheba for himself. The story of David's sin, told in II Samuel, led to his penance and eventual redemption, providing a model for the medieval penitent.

Sirsi Catalog Key: 1623946
Country: Country:Northern France

Creation Year (Single Year or Range Begin): ca. 1500
Image Dimensions Width: 120 mm
ShelfMark: Lewis E M 43:11

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