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Spring, from The Four Seasons series
Spring, from The Four Seasons series
Workshop Of:
Date:
early 18th century
Location:
Not on display
Century:
Media:
Silk, Wool; Tapestry Weave
Dimensions:
335.3 x 287 cm (132 x 113 in.)
Object Type:
Country:
Continent:
Europe
Culture/People:
Flemish
Provenance:

Palais de Sagan, Paris

Accession Number:
1927.183
Acquisition Date:
1927-09-25
Credit Line:

Gift of Archer M. Huntington

Two winged female figures personifying April and May sit on the steps of a garden pavilion. April drapes a garland over Taurus, the Bull; the sun enters the sign of Taurus on the twentieth of April. May puts her arm around the Twins; the twenty-first of May marks the beginning of the sign of Gemini. A third figure descends the stairs in a swirl of flying drapery. She wears pearls in her hair and a diaphanous gown clasped with jewels. She has two sets of transparent wings. Blossoms fill her left hand; the sash in her right hand holds roses, jonquils, and narcissus. She probably represents Flora, or the spirit of Spring, bringing flowers into the garden. All wear their hair dressed high in front, following the fontange style of the late seventeenth century. The tapestry presents the right two-thirds of a design by Lodewijk van Schoor, the most successful Flemish cartoon designer of the late seventeenth century. The complete weaving of the cartoon shows an extra figure at the left, missing in the San Francisco version. The personification of March, she completes the trilogy of Spring. The borders of the San Francisco panel are not original. Whether the original borders resembled those of the Brussels panel, or represented another weaving, is a matter of conjecture. From Anna Gray Bennett, "Five Centuries of Tapestry: The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco" (San Francisco: Chronicle Books; The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, 1976; repr. 1992): 196.