Simon Bening, double-sided leaf illustrating typical occupations for April and May

Simon Bening, double-sided leaf illustrating typical occupations for April and May

Simon Bening, 1483-1561
Double-sided Leaf Illustrating Typical Occupations for April and May
About 1540
Watercolour on vellum
Museum no. E.4575-1910
Salting Bequest

This is one of four surviving leaves; each painted on both sides, probably from a series of the Twelve Months. This side depicts May, with a boat carrying nobles making music and cooling their drink in the water.