Limburg Brothers, Très Riches Heures of the Duke of Berry, Bourges, before 1416

Chantilly, Musée Condé, ms. 65, f. 14v

The figure looking at the viewer is further surrounded by a second zodiacal cycle. As if having regained new life, the rigidly portrayed creatures hover in front of the unclothed body; Pisces lie at his feet, while the man and woman couple embodying the Twins peer with amusement from behind his shoulders. Taurus and Aries are both hidden, the first behind the neck, the second behind a funny curl of hair. The usual rhythm of the year is, however, preserved considering that Taurus appears behind the figure only because he would otherwise cover the figure’s neck and was not originally intended to hover in space.