A priest wearing a long surplice genuflects before a
figure who stands, holding his hat and slightly bowing his head to receive the sprinkling of holy water.
Two attendants accompany this man, who is perhaps a member of the Duc de Savoie's household.
The scene is set in a large chapel with side aisles and triforium; the choir is screened by a jubè decorated in bas-relief.
There seems to be no definite connection between Jean Colombe's illustration and David's psalm of thanksgiving: "I will praise thee, O Lord, with my whole heart... I will worship towards thy holy temple, and I will give glory to thy name for thy mercy, and for thy truth... "
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