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the Basilica of St. Mark: Labors of the Months: January

Labors of the Months: January

January, represented by a man carrying firewood. The act of carrying, the cascade of branches, and a few waves at top right represent Aquarius the Water-Carrier, the zodiac sign for January. Below is a basin flanked by a pair of large birds. Detail of relief sculptures on the middle archivolt of the central portal of the west facade, depicting the zodiac signs and labors of the months, 13th century. Attributed by some to Benedetto Antelami. Basilica di San Marco, Venice, Italy.

Credit: Holly Hayes