A Man Carrying Leafy Branch; Zodiacal Sign of Taurus

Master of the Lee Hoursabout 1450 - 1455

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

On this calendar page, the two small square miniatures at the bottom each relate to the month of April. On the left, a young man jauntily carries a leafy branch across a green field under a blue sky, all indications that Spring has arrived. To the right, a bull takes a peaceful rest under the same blue sky, its thin clouds represented by loose strokes of white paint. The bull is the symbol for Taurus, the zodiacal sign for much of April. Above the two miniatures, the feast days and saints' days for the month appear in alternating lines of red and blue.

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  • Title: A Man Carrying Leafy Branch; Zodiacal Sign of Taurus
  • Date Created: about 1450 - 1455
  • Location Created: Ghent (probably), Belgium
  • Physical Dimensions: w14 x h19.4 cm
  • Type: Folio
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  • External Link: http://www.getty.edu/art/gettyguide/artObjectDetails?artobj=2953
  • Medium: "Tempera colors, gold leaf, and ink on parchment"
  • illuminator: Master of the Lee Hours (Flemish, active about 1450 - 1470)
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  • Subject: Taurus