This painting is part of the group: The Labours of the Months

Cycles of the labours (or occupations) of the months were popular in medieval art and reappeared in northern Italy in the 16th century.

Here, October is represented by a man ploughing.

See the other 11 paintings showing the different Labours.

Key facts

Artist
Full title
The Labours of the Months: October
Group
Date made
about 1580
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
13.6 x 10.6 cm
Acquisition credit
Layard Bequest, 1916
Inventory number
NG3110.4
Location in Gallery

Other paintings in the group: The Labours of the Months

Painting
Italian, Venetian
about 1580
Style of Bonifazio di Pitati: 'The Labours of the Months: January'
Painting
Italian, Venetian
about 1580
Style of Bonifazio di Pitati: 'The Labours of the Months: February'
Painting
Italian, Venetian
about 1580
Style of Bonifazio di Pitati: 'The Labours of the Months: March'
Painting
Italian, Venetian
about 1580
Style of Bonifazio di Pitati: 'The Labours of the Months: April'
Painting
Italian, Venetian
about 1580
Style of Bonifazio di Pitati: 'The Labours of the Months: May'
Painting
Italian, Venetian
about 1580
Style of Bonifazio di Pitati: 'The Labours of the Months: June'
Painting
Italian, Venetian
about 1580
Style of Bonifazio di Pitati: 'The Labours of the Months: July'
Painting
Italian, Venetian
about 1580
Style of Bonifazio di Pitati: 'The Labours of the Months: August'
Painting
Italian, Venetian
about 1580
Style of Bonifazio di Pitati: 'The Labours of the Months: September'
Painting
Italian, Venetian
about 1580
Style of Bonifazio di Pitati: 'The Labours of the Months: November'
Painting
Italian, Venetian
about 1580
Style of Bonifazio di Pitati: 'The Labours of the Months: December'