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Hans Wertinger, Summer

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Full title Summer
Artist Hans Wertinger
Artist dates 1465/70 - 1533
Date made about 1525
Medium and support Oil on wood
Dimensions 23.2 × 39.5 cm
Acquisition credit Bought, 1997
Inventory number NG6568
Location Not on display
Collection Main Collection
Hans Wertinger

In the fields beside a broad winding river labourers scythe grass to make hay, while a shepherd takes advantage of the shade of a large tree to shear a sheep. A woman with a large tray of fruit on her head is perhaps on her way to the town opposite to sell her produce at market. Meanwhile, aristocrats on horseback enjoy a day’s hunting; two have falcons, trained to catch prey, resting on their arms.

The scene represents summer and may have formed part of a frieze in a domestic interior depicting all four seasons. Hans Wertinger painted several cycles of landscapes showing both the months and the seasons, but we can't be sure which set this panel belonged to.

Wertinger played a leading role in the development of landscape painting as a subject in its own right, along with other artists from the region of the Danube river who put landscape at the forefront of their compositions.

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