The Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry

The Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry Fol. 9v - September


Fol. 9v - September

Barthélemy d'Eyck; Jean Colombe

The chariot of the Sun passes from Virgo to Libra. Autumn has arrived, and, with it, the grape harvest. The panniers laden with bunches of grapes are loaded onto mules and placed in the vats on carriages drawn by oxen. In the background, we see the imposing forms of the castle of Saumur, belonging to the dukes of Anjou. The tallest spires are surmounted by gilded lilies. To one side we see the drawbridge and the tall chimney of the kitchens. Between the castle and the vines, we see the lists or jousting courtyard. The highly detailed architectural illustration work, with its marked sense of the volumes of the buildings, is by Barthélemy d'Eyck. The work on this unfinished illumination was terminated at the studio of Jean Colombe, who addedd some humour to the work, such as the grape harvester sampling the grapes and the other whose underwear, as he bends down with his bottom towards us, is in full view.


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