Tres Riches Heures

The calendar pages are full of accurate details of castle architecture and realistic depictions of everyday aristocratic and peasant life. The images here are roughly actual size, and you can click to the file and then zoom in and pore over them if you like. The artists seem to be using nudity for comic effect in several pictures. Can you find the nearly 600-year-old prototype for the ubiquitous “gardener bending over showing her panties” lawn ornament?

February

Winter scene

May

Party

August

Hunters and swimmers

September

Harvest

October

Scarecrow

The prayerbook section has wonderful margin illustrations of animals, birds and insects, and small detailed paintings set among the type.

Bugs and birds

Funeral

Resurrection

I particularly love the little bears and the looks of bland concentration on the faces of the angel musicians in this picture.

Choir






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