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Book of Hours for Dominican Use
Italy, Siena, c. 1470
Liberale da Verona, 14451527/29

King David in Penance. The Renaissance artist Liberale da Verona illuminated this Italian Book of Hours. The miniature of David kneeling in penance introduces the Seven Penitential Psalms, which were recited in an effort to avoid the temptations of the Seven Deadly Sins. An inscription in the manuscript indicates that it was owned by Artemesia Piccolomini, a nun and relative of Pope Pius II Piccolomini (reigned 145864).

The Free Library of Philadelphia, Rare Book Department, Lewis E 118, fol. 132v

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