Allegory. Rococo. Spring represented by scene showing human activity, usually in a landscape.

The Pleasures of the Seasons: Spring, c. 1730

Oil on copperexpand_more

Gift of Mrs. Walter H. Udeexpand_more  61.37

These people enjoying the pleasures of spring—playing music, dancing, and canoodling—are the 18th-century equivalent of a bunch of college kids on spring break. Above the festive musicians and the dancing couple at the center, sculpted putti cavort on a large urn. At the left, lovemaking is more urgent, as a young couple embrace below a sculpture of Venus crowned by Cupid. Venus, the goddess of love, is traditionally associated with springtime.

Details
Title
The Pleasures of the Seasons: Spring
Artist Life
1704 - 1760
Role
Artist
Accession Number
61.37
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Allegory. Rococo. Spring represented by scene showing human activity, usually in a landscape.