Tres Riches Heures du Duc de Berry
Artist Limbourg Brothers
Movement International Gothic
Medium Tempera on panel
Dimensions 8.875 x 5.375″
Housed at Musée Condé, Chantilly, France
Jean, the Duke of Berry, commissioned this work to flaunt his wealth and power. On the January Page, the ongoings of a winter feast below the celestial chart of January are portrayed with an incredible amount of detail. The Limbourg Brothers flatter the Duke by placing him at the table in the midst of conversation. In the July page, an ideal scene of summer is depicted in which workers labor before the Duke’s castle. The fields upon which the laborers toil rises up the page, rather than into it—this is not a natural portrayal of perspective; however, it presents a peaceful view of serfdom, making the peasants appear more important than they perhaps felt.