Les Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry

David Entrusts a Letter to Uriah

Folio 67v

Psalm L is a Penitential Psalm, composed by David after Nathan came to him following the King's adultery with Bathsheba.
To illustrate this prayer, Jean Colombe chose the scene described in II Samuel XI when David completes his sin by sending Bathsheba's husband, Uriah, to Joab with the letter which seals his fate: "Set ye Urias [Uriah] in the front of the battle, where the fight is strongest: leave ye him, that he may he wounded and die."
The scene is set within a fifteenth-century house; Uriah kneels bare-headed before David who hands him the fatal letter. Two servants stand behind the King of Israel.

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