Jean Bourdichon (1457-1521)
Illumination from a book of hours
Lewis Collection, Rare Books Department, Free Library of Philadelphia
In the Hours of Louis XII, Bourdichon introduced a new monumentality to his art. This is apparent in the imposing astrological figure of Virgo at the upper right, richly modelled in gold against the blue of the heavens. She stands before sheaves of wheat: symbolic of the harvest time of August. In the lower scene, a peasant winnows the wheat, to separate the grain from the chaff. His face was later damaged, and partly repainted.