Les Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry

The Messiah' Dominions

Folio 45v

The Limbourgs chose to illustrate Psalm II with a scene showing the annihilation of those who tried to rise up against their Lord: "The kings of the earth stood up, and the princes met together, against the Lord and against his Christ." (Psalm II: 2)
But the Lord "troubles them in his anger," strewing the ground with the bloody corpses and arms of the rebellious.
God the Father appears in the upper right, while the armored ranks of the faithful kneel to pray, pennants and banners flying in the wind.
The figure in front wearing a helmet adorned with a cross is probably David, identified by the pink tunic and yellow belt that he wears in other small miniatures in the manuscript.
Blue foliage decorates the background of the illumination; the center column is ornamented with birds and plants.

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