The Month of June, Shearing Sheep (recto); Couples Drinking Wine, The Month of October (verso)

Master of the Months of Lucas (Netherlandish, active about 1535)

Former Attribution:
Formerly attributed to Bernard van Orley (Netherlandish, Brussels ca. 1492–1541/42 Brussels)
ca. 1535
Pen and brown ink, brush and light gray-brown wash (faded from violet?)
sheet: 6 1/8 x 8 7/16 in. (15.5 x 21.4 cm)
Credit Line:
Bequest of Harry G. Sperling, 1971
Accession Number:
  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: At lower left, inscribed "J Th" in pen and black ink, the collector's mark of John Thane (Lugt 1544). Verso: at lower left, inscribed "J. Th." in pen and black ink (Lugt 1544)

  • Provenance

    John Thane (British, London 1748–1818), his sale, London, sold by Mr. King, May 17-31, 1819; Private Collection, Scotland1939; Donor: Harry G. Sperling

  • References

    Edith Appleton Standen European Post-Medieval Tapestries and Related Hangings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1985, p. 332.

    Edith Appleton Standen "Drawings for the "Months of Lucas" Tapestry Series" in Master Drawings. vol. 9, no. 1, 1971, pp. 3-14, pl. 3, 4 (as by the Master of the Months of Lucas), ill.

    Villa Medici, Rome Il Paesaggio nel disegno del Cinquecento Europeo Mostra all'Academia di Francia, Villa Medici. Rome, 1972-1973, p. 50, under cat. 33 (as by the Master of the Months of Lucas).

    Karel G. Boon Netherlandish Drawings of the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries in the Rijksmuseum. The Hague, 1978, p. 194, under cat. 519 (as by the Master of the Lucas Months).

    Joseph Meder, Winslow Ames The Mastery of Drawing. New York, 1978, p. 433, fig. 115 (as by the Master of the Months of Lucas), ill.

    Emmanuelle Brugerolles, David Guillet Renaissance et Maniérisme dans les Écoles du Nord: Dessins des collections de l'École des Beaux-Arts Ex. cat. École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, Paris, 1985, p. 108, under cat. 53 (as by the Master of the Months of Lucas).

    Jerzy Woyciechowski "May" and "August": Two Drawings by the Master of the Months of Lucas." in Master Drawings. vol. 33, no. 4, New York, 1995, p. 410.

  • See also
    In the Museum
    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History