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Springtime and Love

A painting of a large group of people having a picnic on a seaside cliff. It's a clear day, and children climb a tree. Someone holds a drum. A mother sings to her baby, and everyone plays.
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  • A painting of a large group of people having a picnic on a seaside cliff. It's a clear day, and children climb a tree. Someone holds a drum. A mother sings to her baby, and everyone plays.

Date:

1878

Artist:

Francesco Paolo Michetti
Italian, 1851-1929

About this artwork

This vibrant scene of children playing on a sun-drenched hilltop was part of a series by Francesco Michetti inspired by the people, landscape, festivals and other events in Abruzzo, Italy. Two figures on the right play tambourines, quintessential instruments of southern Italian folk music. With its rounded shape encircled by metal jingles, the tambourine represented for local audiences the sun and its rays spreading light and heat throughout the region. In the foreground a spaniel dog with a large, glassy eye stares out at the viewer like a reproachful commentator on his human companions’ unbridled folly.

Springtime and Love was shown at the Exposition Universelle in Paris in 1878 and in 1893 at the Chicago World’s Fair (also known as the Columbian Exposition). It entered the museum’s permanent collection eight years later.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Painting and Sculpture of Europe

Artist

Francesco Paolo Michetti

Title

Springtime and Love

Place

Italy (Artist's nationality:)

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1878

Medium

Oil on canvas

Dimensions

94.6 × 184.3 cm (37 1/2 × 72 3/4 in.)

Credit Line

A. A. Munger Collection

Reference Number

1901.429

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