Les Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry

David Foresees the Mystic Marriage of Christ and the Church

Folio 31r

This miniature introduces Psalm XLIV, a psalm for the sons of Core, a song of love interpreted as anticipating the union of Christ and the Church:
"Hearken, O daughter, and see, and incline thy ear: and forget thy people and thy father's house. And the king shall greatly desire thy beauty... All the glory of the king's daughter is within in golden borders 15 clothed round about with varieties."
Christ holds a red book, leans slightly toward the woman who personifies the Church, and draws her toward Hiinself. A retinue of saintly figures, halos shining against a delicately squared background, participate in the spiritual betrothal.
Below the miniature the initial is decorated with Jean de Berry's wounded swan. The entire page was illustrated by the Limbourgs.

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