Palm Sunday

April 24, 2009

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Initial I with David in Prayer

Bologna, Italy, 1300-1338

This initial begins the first response of the first nocturn of Matins for Palm Sunday, “In die qua invocavi te domine ….” (On the day that I called out to you, Lord).  Lewis E M 73:7-9 and  several other leaves in the Free Library’s collection were illuminated by Neri da Rimini, a Riminese illuminator whose activity can be documented from 1300 to 1338. 

The text in the leaf is from the Prophet Jeremiah: David is shown in the iconography in an advanced age, a penitent to God for his sin in youth of committing adultery with Bathsheba and sending her husband to his death.  The quote from Jeremiah continues: “You judged my case, and You freed me, O Lord my God.”

Free Library of Philadelphia Lewis E M 73:8

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