Jean Bourdichon, 'September'

Jean Bourdichon, 'September'

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

In medieval France, September was the month for harvesting grapes. These were traditionally crushed underfoot in a large vat - as is illustrated here - and the wine left to ferment in barrels. Above, a graceful astrological figure of Libra, holding her emblem of the scales, is delicately but dramatically illuminated from the left, against a star-filled night sky.