Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Happy Feb 1st (from the Getty)

Happy first day of February!

On the bottom of this page, for the month of February, a peasant carries a bundle of sticks in an expansive landscape while others plow the vineyard, all bundled up to ward off the winter cold. In the frieze at the top, children play various games. The Spinola Hours' calendar pages are particularly lavish, combining a frieze in monochrome, scenes in roundels, a landscape featuring an activity associated with the month, called the Labor of the Month, at the bottom, and a zodiacal sign.

"Working in a Vineyard; Zodiacal Sign of Pisces," about 1510 - 1520, Workshop of the Master of James IV of Scotland. Tempera colors, gold, and ink on parchment.

Rich February Calendar Hours of Louis de Laval. Latin920

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