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Dance of the Seasons, (painting)

Artist:
Poussin, Nicolo 1594-1665
Medium:
Canvas
Type:
Paintings
Exhibition Catalogs
Date:
1876
Notes:
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 20
Born at Andely in Normandy, 1594; died 1665; aged 71. A highly poetical and charming specimen. Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter, are represented by four females dancing, expressive of the seasons as they glide round, while time beguiles the hours with his lyre, accompanied by an infant, who exhibits its fleetness by an hourglass. A monument surmounted with a head of youth and age, crowned with the same garland reminds us that both are alike subjects to its call; and another infant is in the act of blowing bubbles, intimating the vanity of life; the bubbles ascending one after another, making a brilliant show for a moment, and then are passing away; while the hours gliding through the clouds bestow their gifts of plenty on the earth. This picture is beautifully engraved by Raphael Morghen. (On canvass--3 ft. 1 in. by 2 ft. 5 in.) [Pp. 11-12.]
Catalogue of Paintings, by the Great Masters, including Specimens of the First Class, of the Italian, Venetian, Spanish, Flemish, Dutch, French, and English Schools. It penetrates the inward recesses of the soul--even surpassing the power and force of eloquence.--Quintillian on the Art of Painting. Boston: Press of John H. Eastburn.
Topic:
Allegory--Season
Recreation--Dancing
Figure group--Female
Allegory--Time--Hour
Architecture--Monument
Control number:
AECI 01850020
Data Source:
Pre-1877 Art Exhibition Catalogue Index

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