The Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry

The Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry Fol. 8v - August

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Fol. 8v - August

Limbourg brothers

The chariot of the Sun passes from Leo to Virgo. Young gentlemen and ladies on horseback: with falcons on arm, the hunt is under way near the watercourses, accompanied by two spaniels or “Oysel dogs”. The noble lady in the middle is wearing the neck ornament with bezants worn by her lord in the April and May illustrations. Here, she is alone, riding side-saddle on a white horse. Here, it would appear, we find her in the same company as we found for April (the two ladies in grey and in pink), and two young men on pacing saddle horses. The women's right hands are hidden under leather gauntlets. One of the men has a dagger. The falconer goes ahead on foot. He drags a stick for beating the shrubs and bushes for game and has a decoy hanging from his belt and two falcons on his gauntlet. In the background, bathers are undressing and are about to enter the silvery waters. Before the castle of Etampes, chich came into the hands of John of Berry in 1400, and the four-lobed keep called the Guinette tower, the harvesters also bind the sheaves and load them onto a cart.

 

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