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Summer
Hans Wertinger

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 Hans Wertinger
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 Room 4
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