Les Enluminures

Morgan MS M.1093, f. 79r

6. Penitential Psalms

David in Prayer and David and Goliath

King David kneels in penance in the foreground, a scene directly inspired by the idea of the Penitential Psalms, and his struggle with the giant Goliath is depicted in the background (Samuel 1: 17). David, wearing a garment with an ermine collar, kneels with hands in prayer, his harp on the ground and his hat on the table before him. Behind him is a canopied throne. In the background, young David, wielding his slingshot, stands in front of the giant Goliath, who has fallen bleeding from a wound. An angel holds a sword and grabs the battleaxe held by Goliath. Above, in a starry arc of heaven, God appears, his right hand raised in blessing and holding a globe in his left hand. A peacock, a hybrid man examining a urine specimen, and a bird inhabit the foliate and floral border.