Allegory. Rococo.

The Pleasures of the Seasons: Autumn, c. 1730

Autumn is the season of Bacchus, the ancient Roman god of wine, shown here as a life-size sculpture holding a chalice and a staff bearing clusters of grapes. In the distance, peasants labor in the vineyards. Autumn is also the season of the hunt. At the right, a young hunter offers game to a seated maiden, who responds by giving him a bird she has taken from its cage. A caged bird symbolizes virginity. Platzer refers here to the dangers of overindulgence, which can lead to uncontrollable passion, however subtly masked by elegant attire and graceful actions.

Details
Title
The Pleasures of the Seasons: Autumn
Artist Life
1704 - 1760
Role
Artist
Accession Number
64.18
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Allegory. Rococo.