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The Four Seasons, (painting)

Artist:
Poussin, Nicolo 1594-1605
Type:
Paintings
Exhibition Catalogs
Date:
1876
Notes:
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 16
Born at Anderly in Normandy, 1594; died 1605; aged 71. A highly poetical and charming specimen. Spring, summer, autumn, and winter are represented by four females dancing, indicating the seasons as they glide around, while Time beguiles the hours with his lyre, accompanied by an infant who exhibits the fleetness of time by an hour-glass, while a monument surmounted with a head of youth and age, crowned with the same garland, reminds us that both are alike subject to its call; another infant is in the act of blowing bubbles, intimating the vanity and the fleetness of life,--one bubble ascending after another, making a brilliant show for a moment, and then passing away; while the hours gliding through the clouds bestow their gifts of plenty on the earth. This picture is beautifully engraved by Raphael Morgan. . . . He expressed the passions with truth, and was careful in selecting the precise moment of action. He carried the habit of philosophy farther than Raffaelle, and his pictures have a great claim on our regard for the poetical manner in which their moral is inculcated. . . . [Pp. 14-15.]
A Descriptive Catalogue of the Paintings, by the Ancient Masters, including Specimens of the First Class, by the Italian, Venetian, Spanish, Flemish, Dutch, French, and English Schools, open at the American Academy, Barclay Street. Admittance (catalogues included) $.50. Season Tickets $1.00. Family Ticket for the season, admitting four, $5.00. New-York: Printed by W. Mitchell, 265 Bowery. 1832.
Topic:
Allegory--Time
Allegory--Season
Recreation--Dancing
Figure(s) In Exterior
Recreation--Sport & Play--Bubble Blowing
Architecture--Monument--Statue
Control number:
AECI 04300016
Data Source:
Pre-1877 Art Exhibition Catalogue Index

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