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Garden Days at The Cloisters

Attributed to Jean Le Noir (French, active 1331–75). The Prayer Book of Bonne of Luxembourg, Duchess of Normandy, before 1349. Made in Paris, France. French.  Tempera, grisaille, ink, and gold on vellum; Overall (closed): 5 3/16 x 3 13/16 x 1 5/8 in. (13.2 x 9.7 x 4.2 cm) Overall (approx. size opened): 5 3/16 x 7 11/16 x 2 13/16 in. (13.2 x 19.5 x 7.1 cm) individual folios: 4 15/16 x 3 9/16 in. (12.6 x 9 cm) Storage (Book Box): 6 5/16 x 5 3/16 x 2 3/8 in. (16 x 13.2 x 6.1 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, The Cloisters Collection, 1969 (69.86)

The beautiful margins of this manuscript are filled with birds and other small animals. Attributed to Jean Le Noir (French, active 1331–75). The Prayer Book of Bonne of Luxembourg, Duchess of Normandy (detail), before 1349. Made in Paris, France. French. Tempera, grisaille, ink, and gold on vellum; Overall (closed): 5 3/16 x 3 13/16 x 1 5/8 in. (13.2 x 9.7 x 4.2 cm) Overall (approx. size opened): 5 3/16 x 7 11/16 x 2 13/16 in. (13.2 x 19.5 x 7.1 cm) individual folios: 4 15/16 x 3 9/16 in. (12.6 x 9 cm) Storage (Book Box): 6 5/16 x 5 3/16 x 2 3/8 in. (16 x 13.2 x 6.1 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, The Cloisters Collection, 1969 (69.86)

Join us for Garden Days at The Cloisters, a daylong program of events, this Saturday, June 6, and Sunday, June 7. Our horticultural staff will answer questions in the gardens throughout the day and lead tours specific to this year's theme: the importance and use of spices in medieval culture. The program also includes garden tours, a family workshop, and a talk by food writer and historian Michael Krondl.

Follow the lead of the fellow depicted scything on the June calendar page of The Prayer Book of Bonne of Luxembourg, Duchess of Normandy above and bring your hat. We'll provide sparrows aplenty.

Attributed to Jean Le Noir (French, active 1331–75). The Prayer Book of Bonne of Luxembourg, Duchess of Normandy (detail), before 1349. Made in Paris, France. French. Tempera, grisaille, ink, and gold on vellum; Overall (closed): 5 3/16 x 3 13/16 x 1 5/8 in. (13.2 x 9.7 x 4.2 cm) Overall (approx. size opened): 5 3/16 x 7 11/16 x 2 13/16 in. (13.2 x 19.5 x 7.1 cm) individual folios: 4 15/16 x 3 9/16 in. (12.6 x 9 cm) Storage (Book Box): 6 5/16 x 5 3/16 x 2 3/8 in. (16 x 13.2 x 6.1 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, The Cloisters Collection, 1969 (69.86) - See more at: http://wwwstg.metmuseum.org/visit/visit-the-cloisters/in-season/2015/garden-days-at-the-cloisters#sthash.5Q7y43OW.dpuf

Attributed to Jean Le Noir (French, active 1331–75). The Prayer Book of Bonne of Luxembourg, Duchess of Normandy (detail), before 1349. Made in Paris, France. French. Tempera, grisaille, ink, and gold on vellum; Overall (closed): 5 3/16 x 3 13/16 x 1 5/8 in. (13.2 x 9.7 x 4.2 cm) Overall (approx. size opened): 5 3/16 x 7 11/16 x 2 13/16 in. (13.2 x 19.5 x 7.1 cm) individual folios: 4 15/16 x 3 9/16 in. (12.6 x 9 cm) Storage (Book Box): 6 5/16 x 5 3/16 x 2 3/8 in. (16 x 13.2 x 6.1 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, The Cloisters Collection, 1969 (69.86)

Can you identify the birds depicted in the manuscript border above?



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