Description While harvesters work away under a cloudy sky, a nude woman with shafts of wheat in her hair lies in the foreground. She is Ceres, goddess of agricultural abundance, here also personifying summer. The surface is carefully worked to contrast the round softness of Ceres's body with the crisp, thin edges of the foliage and wheat. The composition may have been inspired by an engraving by the Flemish engraver Jan Sadeler of Summer, one of The Four Seasons (1580-1584). This plaque was probably also part of such a series.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters
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