MS M.399, fol. 10r

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Da Costa hours
Illuminated by Simon Bening (1483/84–1561)

Ghent, Belgium
ca. 1515
172 x 125 mm

Purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan (1837–1913), 1910

MS M.399, fol. 10r

Zodiac sign: Virgo―A calendar page is shown within an illusionistic wood frame. On the right side of the frame is a statue of a male figure within an illusionistic architectural niche. Along the bottom border is a landscape with a stream, flowering bushes, and a fence. Superimposed on the landscape is an illusionistic roundel frame enclosing a female figure, with her left hand on her breast, sitting in a garden enclosed by a brick wall.


Image courtesy of Akademische Druck- u. Verlagsanstalt, Graz/Austria.