Breviary of Philippe le Bel

Many celebrated curators and artists around the world have described art and design as the music that the deaf can hear and dance to, the song that the mute can sing along to, and the portraits that the blind can see; art is something that unites people from all walks of life. The purpose of this essay is to briefly analyze one of the most ancient pieces of artwork, the Breviary of Philippe le Bel. It is believed that these works were the brainchild of Master Honore (1296).

Breviary of Philippe le Bel

The History of Art Survey has observed that this extraordinary piece of art can be described as an uninterrupted narrative capturing two scenes featuring David (King David) from the Old Testament (HAS). In the Breviary of Philippe le Bel, the main focus is not to develop a dramatic scene but rather to capture the main characters. In the piece of art, Master Honore the first portrays David being anointed by Samuel as Saul looks on from above, then it portrays David preparing to hurl a slingshot at the wounded Goliath and in the final phase David cuts off the head of the fallen Goliath.

: It is believed that the works of the Breviary were extraordinary pieces of art and were meticulously created; the first recorded book was an illuminator of the French Royal court (Günther). This “artistic” representation of the French Royal Court was used to depict the events that took place in 1297 in France when Pope Boniface VIII canonized Louis IX. In addition to that, it was used to show the humility, determination, and piety displayed by David before he ascended to the throne to become King David. Another significance of the Breviary of Philippe le Bel is to show the impact that the artist’s work had at the moment; it helped to bring an end to the famous leadership conflict that was taking place.


Art is a broad field that cannot be exhausted. However, this essay has discussed the Breviary of Philippe le Bel, its symbolism, and the role it played in the ancient French republic.

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