The Allegory of the Four Seasons

The Allegory of the Four Seasons is an original old master canvas realized by the Dutch artist Jacob de Wit in 1723. 

Original oil on canvas. A gilded wood frame is included. 

Han-signed and dated: "J WIT 1723".

Excellent conditions. 

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The Allegory of the Four Seasons is an original old master canvas realized by the Dutch artist Jacob de Wit in 1723. 

Original oil on canvas. A gilded wood frame is included. 

Han-signed and dated: "J WIT 1723".

Excellent conditions. 

Wonderful ancient painting realized in Germany by Jacob de Wit and depicting four figures of angels in a natural landscape. The four putti represents four allegories, specifically the allegories of the four seasons. All of them, are indeed one of the four seasons and can be distinguished by typical attributes; the first on the left depicts the Winter (the putto is in fact warming up and has his head covered by a blanket); in the upper part we see the Autumn (we recognize it for the head surrounded by a crown of tendrils and by the golden cloak). In the center of the composition there are the Summer and the Spring; the Summer on the right turns towards the Spring, in the center (we recognize him for the flowers that surrounds his body).
The composition has a truly exceptional chromatic choice: the colors are soft and suffused and the group is surrounded by a bucolic landscape, with a decorated source of flowers on the right side.

Jacob de Wit (Amsterdam, 1695 – Amsterdam, 1754) was a Dutch artist and interior decorator who painted many religious scenes. Jacob de Wit was born in Amsterdam, and became famous for his door and ceiling paintings. He lived on the Keizersgracht in Amsterdam, and many of the buildings on the Keizersgracht still have door or ceiling paintings done by him. Since many of the families who lived in Amsterdam in those days had country villas, de Wit also painted in houses in the fashionable areas of Haarlem and the Vecht river. De Wit was one of the pupils of Albert van Spiers in Amsterdam and Jacob van Hal in Antwerp, where he became a member of the Guild of St. Luke in 1714. While in Antwerp, he made a series of watercolor sketches of the Rubens ceilings in the Carolus Borromeuskerk in Antwerp. After the church was struck by lightning in 1718 these became a historical document, and his pupil Jan Punt later engraved his sketches and published them in 1751. His pupils were Jan de Groot (painter from The Hague), Dionys van Nijmegen and the brothers Frans and Jacob Xavery.

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Artist Jacob de Wit
Typology Original Paintings
Technique Oil on Canvas, Oil Painting
Year XVIII Century
Dimensions (cm) 135 x 3 x 150
Country of Manufacture Italy
Subject Genre Scene

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