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Allegory of Summer
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Allegory of Summer

Description Provenance Inscription Credit
Description this plaque and its companion Allegory of Spring (44.174) wre surely intended as two of four similar plaques celebrating the Four Seasons, a popular subject in the 1600s. The Satyr and the woman along with their attributes of harvested grain conveya sense of ribe fullness. A half-draped female figure reclines with her left elbow leaning on a sheaf of wheat and a sickle in her left hand, while a faun, naked except for a blowing mantle tied by a string across his chest, squats down to gaze at her. On the right a child dips his arms in a fountain where two jets of water issue from the mouths of dolphins. At the left, in front of a field of grain, a child is seated near two wheat sheaves and a putto stands to blow a trumpet.
Provenance Jacques Seligmann, New York [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1908, by purchase [Emile Rey as agent]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] HP (linked)
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1908

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c. 1650-1675
painted enamel and gold on copper
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H: 4 1/8 x W: 7 1/2 in. (10.5 x 19 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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