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