January les tres riches heures
Editions of The Tres Riches Heures of Jean, Duke of Berry by Jean Longnon
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It is a very richly decorated Book of Hours containing over folios, of which about half are full page illustrations. It was painted sometime between and by the Limbourg brothers for their patron Jean, Duc de Berry. February: A typical winter's day. Some peasants warm themselves by the fire, another peasant chops wood, and still another goes to market. March: Sowing the field. April: A young couple exchanging rings. May: Young nobles riding in a procession.
Full site Title names Author names Essays Groups. For further reading see [clicking on the linked name of the month will take you to more details below]:. Note: Some of the illuminations painted for Berry's Book of Hours inspired some of the backdrops to sets used by Laurence Olivier in his film of Shakespeare's play Henry V which he made in on the eve of the Normandy invasion. January was a month of gift giving and we can see some of the wealthy friends of the Duke de Berry bringing new year's gifts to their lord who can be seen seated on the right at a banquet table in a striking blue robe decorated with gold fleurs de lys - indicating his support for the French monarchy. He sits before a large fire which warms the group from the January cold. Behind him and to the right are two young men wearing black head gear who may be the Limbourg brothers who painted these scenes under the patronage of the Duke de Berry.