King David and Musicians
La Daurade - 1st workshop
Drawn from the Old Testament, the theme of King David playing with his musicians was often used in the Middle Ages. David, who was considered to be the author of the Psalms, is the incarnation of the figure of the priest-king, ancestor to Christ.Through his music, he sends praise to God.
Sitting on a small stool, the king is playing the medieval fiddle on the left short side (no doubt the first visible to those strolling through the cloister).
These capitals from the first workshop of the Priory of La Daurade are directly inspired by ancient Corinthian works, from which they kept the abacus and the volutes. The main character is highlighted by his central position. The compositions are simple and easily interpreted; the themes dealt with are even spelled out in didactic captions. The simple, front-facing figures stand out from a plain background. The folds in drapery are indicated by simple incisions. A new mode of expression was beginning here.