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A Man Mowing
Workshop of the Rohan Master (French, active about 1410 - 1440)
Paris, France (Place created)
about 1415 - 1420
Tempera colors, gold paint, gold leaf, and ink on parchment
Leaf: 20.5 x 14.8 cm (8 1/16 x 5 13/16 in.)
Brightly colored leaves and delicate vines surround the text on this highly decorated calendar page for the month of June. To the right, a man leans on his scythe to take a break from his arduous task of mowing, a labor specifically associated with this summer month. The golden crustacean floating in the sky above him is a representation of the zodiacal sign of Cancer.
Students examine a book of hours, compare it to the modern day-planner, and create class day-planners and calendars with illuminations.