April 24, 2009
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