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Spring, from The Four Seasons

A work made of engraving on cream laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of engraving on cream laid paper.

Date:

1601

Artist:

Jan Saenredam
Dutch, 1565-1607

About this artwork

Jan Saenredam’s Four Seasons engravings after his teacher Hendrick Goltzius’s drawings offer lush depictions of flora and fauna through changing times of year. The prints simultaneously follow a young girl and boy’s journey into adulthood. The discovery of the bird’s nest of Spring passes seamlessly into the harvesting of Summer’s ripe crops. Autumn’s root vegetables and fruits attract the interest of a full-grown goat and a pig, while the adults and their loyal hound skate the Winter away on a frozen river, oblivious of the sheep beset by a wolf in the background, or any of the season’s dangers.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Jan Saenredam

Title

Spring, from The Four Seasons

Place

Netherlands (Artist's nationality)

Date

Made 1601

Medium

Engraving on cream laid paper

Dimensions

Image: 21 × 15.8 cm (8 5/16 × 6 1/4 in.); Sheet: 22.5 × 16.5 cm (8 7/8 × 6 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Langdon Pearse

Reference Number

1954.79

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