Tag Archives: Tres Riches Heures

Happy Birthday, Duc; too bad about the boar

                  When I go to a museum I always wonder what the people staring at paintings are seeing. My museum style is to get through as quickly as possible, except when I’m … Continue reading

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October at the Duc’s

Here are the Duc’s peasants again, tilling and sowing (it must be the hay they harvested in June). I wonder if he ever felt guilty, looking out his luxurious Paris window at all the work other people were doing for … Continue reading

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September at Saumur

It took me a whole semester of college art history to figure out that I couldn’t see what other people saw. To remedy that (and to bring my pathetic grade of “C” up a bit), I wrote down everything the … Continue reading

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Enjoying August with the Duc

The joys of August in the Duc de Berry’s court: horseback riding in long gowns, swimming (naked!) in the river or, for those less fortunate, harvesting his wheat; all protected, as usual, by the sun god in his chariot, Leo … Continue reading

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July work

Those peasants sure worked hard during the summer, while the Duc de Berry was probably reclining in his triangular castle in Poitiers. But wouldn’t you worry that you might shear off that fancy blue dress by mistake?

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Cancer time

Here’s what the lucky Duc de Berry got to look at from his Paris window – all the slaving peasants raking hay under the blazing chariot of Helios, the sun god; the Gemini twins; and Cancer the crab, who came … Continue reading

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The merry month of May

Ah, to be Jean, Duc de Berry, and be able to commission the Tres Riches Heures. But then he did have several advantages, being the son, brother, and uncle of various kings of France; and owning at least seventeen palaces … Continue reading

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