An illustration from a calendar page illustrating the month of April: “a courting scene”. The description of the image from the British Library blog reads:
The calendar for April opens with a typical scene for spring; an aristocratic couple are shown courting in a walled and flowering garden. The richly-dressed lady’s dog is nearby, lapping water from the garden’s fountain. Behind the couple, a nobleman is preparing to go hawking, another commonly-depicted pursuit for this time of year. The theme of fertility and new life is echoed at the top of the miniature, where a pair of storks can be seen building their nest on the top of a chimney.
The image is from the ‘Golf Book’ manuscript (The Book of Hours, Use of Rome, MS 24098, f. 21v), made in the workshop of Simon Bening in the Netherlands (Bruges) for a rich Swiss patron c. 1540. The rest of the manuscript is digitized here if you’re interested: British Library MS 24098