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Farmers plowing and sowing. Late 15th century. Italy

Farmers plowing and sowing. Late 15th century. Italy


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Farmers plowing and sowing. Late 15th century. Italy

Farmers plowing and sowing. Miniature of Grimani Breviary. Late 15th century. Saint Marks Library. Venice. Italy

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Agricultural Agriculture Agriculturist Baskets Breviary Cattle Economy Farmer Farmers Farmhand Farmhouse Farmland Farmworker Feudal Feudalism Grimani Laborer Laborers Oxen Peasant Peasants Plough Ploughing Plow Plowed Sowing Tool Worker 15th Mattock Ploughland


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This late 15th century Italian miniature, taken from the Grimani Breviary housed in the Saint Mark's Library in Venice, offers a glimpse into the daily life of agricultural laborers during the Middle Ages. The scene is set against a picturesque rural backdrop, with rolling hills, a farmhouse in the distance, and a serene landscape dotted with trees. At the center of the image, farmers and farmhands are hard at work, plowing and sowing the fertile farmland. The farmers, dressed in simple peasant attire, are using mattocks to turn the soil, while oxen provide the necessary power to pull the heavy plow. The farmland is meticulously divided into plowlands, each section carefully tended to ensure a bountiful harvest. Baskets filled with seeds are carried by the laborers, who are also accompanied by birds and other animals, adding to the lively and natural atmosphere of the scene. The use of oxen for plowing was a common practice during feudalism, an economic system prevalent during the Middle Ages, where land was owned by nobles and worked by peasants in exchange for protection and other services. This miniature is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the agricultural laborers of the time, who played a crucial role in the economy and food production of Italy during the late 15th century. The intricate details and vibrant colors of the miniature provide a fascinating window into the past, offering a glimpse into the daily lives of those who worked the land and contributed to the agricultural economy of the region.

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