The Little Ice Age

“February” 1412

“February” from Les Très Riches Heures du duc de Berry is thought to be inspired by the Little Ice Age and one of the earliest impressions of Winter in paintings which did not become common until the 1400s when winters started to become more severe.

An enclosure surrounds a farm comprising a sheep pen, four beehives and a dovecote. Inside the house, a woman and a young couple warm themselves in front of the fire. Outside, a man chops down a tree with an axe while another gets ready to go inside while blowing on his hands to warm them. Further away, a third drives a donkey, loaded with wood, towards the neighbouring village.

1412 “February”

Source: WMO Gallery