MS M.399, fol. 3r

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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. 3r

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 architectural niche. Within the lower margin, three scenes are enclosed in roundels:

1) A winter landscape.

2) Aquarius, a zodiac sign―Within a landscape, a nude male figure pours water from two vessels.

3) A male figure wearing winter clothing skates on a frozen river with his arms cross. The scene is within a winter landscape.


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