Les Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry

The Building of the Jerusalem Temple

Folio 35v

David, wearing a crown, looks heavenward at God the Father appearing amid clouds. He is perhaps also interested in the site of a religious building on which two workmen busy themselves.
One lays the stones which the other raises with a rope and pulley. It is difficult to determine the relationship between the Limbourgs'illustration and Psalm XCVII helow it, which begins: "Sing ye to the Lord a new canticle: because he hath done wonderful things... "
Is the chapel under construction one of these "wonderful things"? Or does it represent the "house of Israel" toward which God "hath remembered his mercy and truth"?

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