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01 May 2012

A Calendar Page for May 2012

For more details on calendar pages or the Hours of Joanna of Castile, please see the entry for January 2012.

Add 18852 ff. 5v-6

Calendar pages for May, Hours of Joanna of Castile, Bruges, between 1496 and 1506, Additional 18852, ff. 5v-6

Courting and hunting are the themes for the month of May, in this calendar and many others.  On the left-hand folio is a miniature of a gentleman and two ladies on a pleasure trip.  They carry musical instruments, and their boat is piloted by two figures that bear a strong resemblance to grotesques. On the facing folio, beneath the two nude figures of Gemini, is another scene of courting, with a gentleman kneeling before his lady.  This lady bears a strong resemblance to the woman on horseback in the April miniature, but in the intervening month she has apparently found a new admirer.  At the far right are two men, with hounds and birds of prey, presumably about to join the hunting party that can be seen in the fields above.

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