Leaves of Gold: Treasures of Manuscript Illumination fron Philadelphia Collections
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Gallican Psalter with Canticles, Litany, and Office of the Dead
Flanders, c. 1270

Historiated Initial D with a Saint before an Altar. A saint points to his eye inside the letter D in this small Flemish Psalter. By indicating that he is illuminated by the Lord, he illustrates the first verse of Psalm 26, "The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear?" This Psalter is typical of ones made for wealthy lay patrons in prosperous cities in Flanders.

The Free Library of Philadelphia, Rare Book Department, Lewis E 181, fol. 26v

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