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Additional 35311 f. 8 Beatus page
Beatus page
Description: In the semi-circular dome of the miniature, God the Father looks down on the scene below, blessing with one hand and holding an orb in the other. He is flanked by angels holding a cloth of honour behind him, and a double ring of seraphs curves beneath him, one row looking towards him and the other facing the viewer. Below, David is shown twice: on the left, he kneels in penitence, with his harp on the bench behind him and his crown on the ground; on the right, he is shown as the Psalmist, seated at a writing stand with a pen in one hand and a knife in the other, with the words of Psalm 1 visible on the open book before him. The historiated initial 'B'(eatus) contains a scene of the Virgin and Child. The border is comprised of rinceaux, blossoms, and acanthus scrolls, and contains birds (including parrots, jays, a crane, and a peacock) and four historiated lobes. In the upper left corner, David is shown harping; in the upper the right is a female figure. In the lower left corner, David swings a shot in a sling, and in the lower right corner the stone strikes Goliath in the forehead. In the centre are two lobes with angels holding musical instruments. 
Origin: France, Central (Paris) 
Attribution: Master of the Breviary of John the Fearless 


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