Fulget Master (Circle of Neri da Rimini), King David in an Initial D

Italian, before 1310
Tempera, gold, silver, and ink on parchment
On loan to the Metropolitan Museum of Art

In the biblical narrative God sends Samuel to tell Jesse to call his son David, who is tending sheep. Samuel then anoints David king. This image collapses the sequence – God himself calling David, who tends his sheep and already wears the crown of kingship. Interestingly, God is represented by the Son, the Good Shepherd whose ancestor David is to be. A lot of theology to put inside one capital D!

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Photographed at the museum by Richard Stracke, shared under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.