David and Goliath from the Prayer Book of Philip IV the Friar

David and Goliath from the Prayer Book of Philip IV the Friar

Artist Master Honoré

Date 1296

Movement Late Gothic

Medium Ink and tempera on vellum

Dimensions 7.875 x 4.875″

Housed at Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris

 

Garments are no longer composed of flat, bold color as they had in illuminated manuscripts of earlier movements. Softer colors are now employed with fine highlights and shadowing, adding a new dimensionality to the scene; however, vibrant patterns still comprise the background.

 

Figures sway in elegant form and even step outside the frame, creating a space that accentuates the connection with the reader. David and Goliath each appear twice in the lower frame; however, there is no visual separation between these scenes.