David and Goliath; Illuminated leaf on parchment from a Book of Hours, France, datable around the mid-15th century.
170 x 125 mm. Text panel: mm. 90 x 70. Text in Gothic script on a single column of 15 lines in brown ink. The decoration includes a full-page miniature, framed by an illuminated border, depicting David, scimitar in hand, approaching the collapsed Goliath.
The text is the beginning of the Penitential Psalms and the Litanies.
The miniature is attributable to the circle of the Coëtivy Master. The frame of the miniature in burnished gold with a band of alternating leaves and flowers brings the miniature back to the Parisian style of the half of 15th century. The face of Goliath has the characteristics of the elderly male faces of the Master of Coëtivy, the direct successor of the Dreux Budé Master, and working for members of the Royal family and court-illustrious clients included Louis XI’s brother, Charles of France. He has most recently been identified with Colin d’Amiens, recorded in Paris during the years 1461-88. He was probably he was trained in Northern France or Southern Netherlands first.
The Coëtivy Master was a major actor of the visual arts of 15th-century France, as he would paint on panel and parchment, stained glass, tapestry, and was an accomplished sculptor.