Historical Portraits Picture Archive

An Allegory of Summer 1800s

Sebastioano Mazzolino 

An Allegory of Summer, Sebastioano Mazzolino
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Oil on canvas
19th Century
24 x 19 inches 61 x 48.3 cm
 
The representation of a young, beautiful woman as Summer in painting appears in the iconography of the middle ages and stretches even further to the paintings and sculptures of Ancient Rome and statues of Ceres, goddess of the harvest. The young women here with her headdress of corn ears, summer flowers and a sickle to cut the corn suggests numerous earlier parallels, not least the figure of Summer in Poussin's allegory known as A Dance to the Music of Time (Wallace Collection, London)
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