Summer

Country people of different social classes are shown going about tasks associated with the summer months, including sheep shearing, hunting and fishing. The painting, framed by an elaborate gilded arch, was probably part of a room decoration, and the truncated group on the right would presumably have been one of the motifs joining the separate scenes of a frieze.

Wertinger's lively depiction of the figures and foliage in this picture can be related to the curling calligraphic forms of drawings and prints by Danube School artists. However, this sunny river landscape, with its broad vistas and emphasis on human tasks and pleasures is very different in mood to Altdorfer's fir-clad mountainous 'Landscape with a Footbridge'.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1465/70 - 1533
Full title
Summer
Date made
about 1525
Medium and support
Oil on wood
Dimensions
23.2 x 39.5 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1997
Inventory number
NG6568
Location in Gallery