Les Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry

Psalm XXXIX

Folio 96r

"With expectation I have waited for the Lord, and he was attentive to me. And he heard my prayers, and brought me out of the pit of misery and the mire of dregs."
In Jean Colombe's nocturnal, almost hellish landscape David thanks the Lord for having spared him the tortures depicted. The flames and smoke rising from rocks are not mentioned by the Psalmist, but the "pit of misery" and "mire of dregs" from which human heads emerge at the right prefigure the tortures of hell awaiting impenitent sinners.
The tones of this miniature and of the initial foliage in the middle column differ from other illustrations by Jean Colombe. A large bird with a curved beak stands in the center.

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