Les Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry

Psalm XLI

Folio 97v

Although the miniature heads a psalm "for the Sons of Core," the artist showed David here, facing the sky and bending on one knee before a heavily antlered stag that drinks from a clear stream. We see the trees of a forest from which the animal has emerged.
This painting, whose space is almost entirely filled by the pleasant green, flowered landscape and stream, is in sharp contrast to the preceding one.
The drinking stag symbolizes the soul longing for the presence of God: "As the hart panteth after the fountains of water, so my soul panteth after thee, O God."
David's pink coat, yellow belt, and his crown as well as his beard and silver hair recall the Limbourgs' representations of him in several miniatures at the beginning of the manuscript, although this miniature is in fact by Jean Colombe.

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