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Labors of the Months of April and May
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Labors of the Months of April and May


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Description Garden and grove set the stage for men and women whose amorous encounters illustrate the labors of the months of April and May. The garden on the left celebrates courtly, or unattainable, love: lovers exchange furtive glances before a flowery bower woven through a willow fence, while three court ladies weave garlands of roses. The scene to the right illustrates a more carnal love: the horse's toothy grin reflects the playful mood of the lovers' escapade in the woods.
Exhibitions
  • Paradise Imagined: Images of the Garden in the Islamic and Christian World. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2012.
Provenance Jean Lallemant the Younger (d. 1548) [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Gruel [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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Period
ca. 1535 (Renaissance)
Medium
ink, paint, and gold on parchment
(Manuscripts & Rare Books)
Accession Number
W.451.14v
Measurements
H: 7 1/16 x W: 4 3/4 in. (18 x 12 cm)
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Location Within Museum
Not On View

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