Genius is an overused word, but if you’re technically near perfect and astoundingly innovative, it seems reasonable. The mysterious Limbourg brothers’ work is actually pretty well known, as you can usually buy a calendar of their illuminated manuscripts in your nearest shopping centre in the run up to Christmas. Not bad for a niche 600 year old work, created for Jean de Berry, who ran a large swathe of modern day France
The evident link with the ‘rhythm of the seasons’ (and the zodiac) reminds me of the unsurpassed Georgics, and it’s in the detail where it all comes alive. Here’s the month of January, which is basically about feasting indoors, and giving each other presents well after Christmas. Wonderful.