Les Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry: June

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Limbourg Brothers, Les Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry: June, 1411-1416
The vividness of the Limbourg Brothers calendar attracts the viewer immediately. Especially for simple minded art lovers like me, the colors in which the Limbourg Brothers used for June was extremely pleasing. The symmetry that exists in Les Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry: June inexplicably makes this calendar painting vibrate with a warm feeling. The color of the women’s dresses in the foreground, the light and dark blue, match exactly with the sky in the back and the rooftops of the castle in the background.

Because June is the harvesting season, the farmers are busy reaping their goods for the season. However, the details also show a distinct division between social classes. Barriers block the peasants from the castle, from the fences to the line of trees.

The facial expression that the brothers portray on their characters also attracted me. From afar, they seemed placid and emotionless. However, zoom in and we see that the farmers, not surprisingly, are rather disgruntled as they toil in the field.

The Limbourg Brothers create an array of work in the form of calendars, however the method in which they create it - the depth, radiant colors, expressions, and social commentary - make their works my favorite pieces of the pre-Renaissance era.

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