Jean Bourdichon, 'February'

Jean Bourdichon, 'February'

Jean Bourdichon (1457-1521)
'February'
Illumination from a book of hours
France
1498/9
Lewis Collection, Rare Books Department, Free Library of Philadelphia

The first text in a book of hours is the calendar, which lists feasts of the church year. This one is richly illuminated, with activities appropriate to the season. In the winter month of February, a richly dressed gentleman warms himself at a fire. Bourdichon's fascination with the effects of light is apparent in the red glow of the flames reflecting off the man's gown. The astrological sign of Pisces appears above.