Les Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry

David Releases Prisoners

Folio 49r

In this miniature by the Limbourgs, David, wearing his crown and a full pink cloak with golden borders, stands making a gesture of encouragement to the prisoners emerging from the château in which they were confined.
The first bears a striking resemblance to Christ as the Limbourgs depicted Him (cf. the Hours of the Passion, nos. 107ff.); medieval handcuffs bind his wrists to a metal bar.
Psalm CXX, which begins below, would seem to call for a different interpretation: " ... he shall neither slumber nor sleep, that keepeth Israel." However, the Lord is the keeper and He needs no prisons: "The Lord keepeth thee from all evil..."

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