The Isabella Breviary

The Isabella Breviary f. 2r, February


f. 2r, February

Pisces, the two fish; a landscape snow scene with men cutting down and pruning trees with an axe and sickle, whereas another is gathering sticks into bundles, and another is carrying a bundle away. The Aldenham Hours picture, by the same artist, has the same activities but with a very different iconographic composition, dominated by a large house in the foreground. Pruning, cutting down trees and gathering in wood, are common subjects for the February labour. This is particularly so in Flemish calendars of this period which sometimes also show the chopping up of the wood for firewood, or a group of people carrying bundles of branches back from the woods to their houses.

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