Posts Tagged ‘Tres Riches Heures du Duc de Berry’

The Duc de Berry’s New Year wishes (and mine too…)

I could think of no better way to convey my new year wishes than to post another of the extraordinary miniatures of the Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry, the prayer book of this most worldly of medieval princes, Jean de France. Here we see the Duc himself, ever the bon vivant, receiving his […]



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Malware warnings: false positives. And Happy Pentecost Monday!

I am VERY happy to report that we have identified the source of the virus warnings some readers were getting while visiting this blog. The site itself is clean, as we thought, but a line of code had been embedded into my footer in early May to ward off the effects of the worm that […]



Tres Riches Heures du duc de Berry Months May

May, from Les Tres Riches Heures du Duc de Berry

Better hurry, because today is already the 26th! This month went by fast, with an alternance of bitter cold, sweltering heat and thunderstorms here in Paris. Such is le joli mois de mai, the pretty month of May. Here we meet again with the courtly Limbourg brother. He chose to show us a group of […]



April, from the Tres Riches Heures du Duc de Berry

Lilacs, wisterias, tulips, apple trees, everything is blooming in Paris. People are already flocking to the terraces of the cafes to enjoy this beautiful spring day. A reminder that the month will be over before we know it. I could not let it pass without posting this miniature from the Tres Riches Heures du Duc […]



Tres Riches Heures du Duc de Berrry Death of Christ Tenebrae

Good Friday

To illustrate this post, I chose once again one of the images of the Tres Riches Heures du Duc de Berry. An extraordinary illustration of the following passages from the Gospels recounting the tenebrae that marked the afternoon of the death of Christ: “Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land […]



Tres Riches Heures du Duc de Berry March

March, from the Tres Riches Heures du Duc de Berry

Ah, March! Spring is almost here. Since many have expressed interest in the series of the months in the Les Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry, we will follow these gorgeous images through the year. Here the artist shows us peasants at work after the long hiatus of winter. The snows have melted, the […]



Tres Riches Heures du duc de Berry February

A long winter, or February, from Les Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry

Here in Paris, the weather forecast for the week is snow, sleet, and some more snow. This feels like a long, long winter. So it is only natural that one of my favorite snow scenes, the representation of February in the Les Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry, came to mind. First, a word […]



Tres Riches Heures du Duc de Berry Purification of the Virgin

La Chandeleur, Candlemas

This day, second of February, is la Chandeleur, know in English as Candlemas, or the Purification of Mary. It celebrates the Blessed Virgin’s ritual purification, forty days after the birth of Jesus, and the redemption of the first-born according to Jewish law. To illustrate this post, a miniature from what may be the most beautiful […]