"In the Middle Ages the first day of May was an occasion for joyful festivities. We can enjoy a peep into this fantasy town, which appears to be loosely based on the city of Bruges.
In the background we see couples walking in the square in front of fine houses, some of them are watching the people dancing and the smaller circle of children.
So many wonderful details in an area just 14 by 9.5 centimetres, in the V&A Miniatures Gallery.
Simon Bening, or Benninck (1483-1561), one of the most famous of all miniature painters, was born in Ghent, moving to Bruges in 1508 where he spent most of his life. This scene of people making merry is one of eight from a calendar cycle, and is such a delightful landscape of activities in 16th century life."
© Valerie Gardiner, former V&A guide