Les Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry

Psalms XCIX and LXII

Folio 39v

Above, David kneels before an altar and intones Psalm XCIX, a hymn of praise composed for the offering of thanksgiving. Christ's face appears in the sky.
On the altar, the Tables of the Law are illuminated by a strange lantern suspended above them. In the background a castle is partially hidden by an abrupt mountain, the type commonly found in works by the Limbourgs.
The scene seems to illustrate specifically the first verse which enjoins all the world to rejoice in the Lord: "Sing joyfully to God, all the earth: serve ye the Lord with gladness."
The miniature below appears at the beginning of Psalm LXII, composed by David while he was in the wilderness of Judah.
The Psalmist lies asleep on the ground, with his crown before him and his head resting on his right arm. In his sleep he sees the resurrected Christ leaving the tomb, which is opened by an angel.
The illustration is inspired by the verse following David's invocation of God, whom he seeks and thirsts for: "If I have remembered thee upon my bed, I will meditate on thee in the morning..."
Like this and the previous miniatures, the large illuminated I integrated with the border decoration was executed in the workshop of the Limbourgs.

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