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Book of Hours
Belgium, Bruges, ca. 1515
MS M.399 fol. 3v

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Month, Occupation: February -- Of three men working in vineyards, one prunes vine with knife, another ties vine to pole and the third breaks ground with pickaxe. Spade and poles are on ground beside him.
Beyond, two men appear in window of watchtower. Below, on further hill, fourth laborer ties vine to pole. Fifth laborer plows field with plow pulled by oxen. In background is landscape with river on which are boats. Small towns appear along shore. Buildings surmount craggy hills flanking river.
Scene within illusionistic wood frame.

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