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Diagram of the seasons from BL Royal 19 C I, f. 54v

Detail of a miniature of a diagram of the seasons. Image taken from f. 54v of Breviari d'Amor. Written in French (Occitan) (Provencal).

The Four Seasons

The theme of this painting is the progress of the seasons from spring to winter. The scroll begins with a scene of jagged peaks and mist-filled valleys: trees are tinged with the delicate red of new leaf buds a... more

Bamboo in the Four Seasons

This pair of six-panel screens combines the traditional Chinese subject of bamboo with the four seasons. Starting on the right, the sequence begins with spring, where violets and shepherd’s purse are clustered ... more

Landscapes of the Four Seasons

Subtle seasonal motifs—rising mist, geese descending toward a sandbank on a moonlit night, snow-laden branches—are indicators of a seasonal progression from verdant spring and summer in the right scroll to autu... more

Du Temps

Medieval time wheel with twelve signs of zodiac; activities, usually related to plants or planting, for each month of the year; and center scene of woman in summer above man in winter.

Landscape of the Four Seasons

Inspired by Chinese landscape scrolls in which the mind travels through time and space along rivers and mountain paths, this monumental landscape transforms an interior into a vast space for imaginary wandering... more

Four Landscapes with the Four Seasons

Hendrick van Schoel (Flemish, active Rome, ca. 1565–1622)

Landscape of the Four Seasons

Unkoku Tōgan (Japanese, 1547–1618) Momoyama period (1573–1615)

Landscape of the Four Seasons (Eight Views of the Xiao and Xiang Rivers)

Vast landscapes on screens and sliding doors set a serene and contemplative mood in Muromachi-period mansions and temples. The painting depicts the Eight Views of the Xiao and Xiang Rivers. Enlarged and unified... more

Fly whisk with the Flowers of the Four Seasons

This grouping of bamboo, chrysanthemums, orchids, and plum blossoms has rich symbolic meaning. Together, the plants represent both the passing of the seasons and virtues such as perseverance, modesty, purity, a... more

Flowers and Grasses of the Four Seasons

In a twist on the common theme of Birds and Flowers of the Four Seasons, this pair of screens focuses instead on insects and flowers to depict nearly a year’s cycle of change from late spring to early winter. T... more

Birds and Flowers of the Four Seasons

This composition of flowers in a seasonal progression from spring to winter celebrates longevity with its auspicious motif of cranes. The brilliant colors, strong outlines in black ink, and profusion of pictori... more

Landscapes of the Four Seasons

These two paintings belong to a set of enormous landscapes depicting the four seasons. They are all similarly composed, with large figures at the bottom and towering mountains above. Each season has its own nar... more

Summer (Aestas) from the series The Seasons

Conceived of as one of a four-part series on the seasons, this image represents the activities traditionally associated with the summer months: fruit picking for June, hay harvesting for July, and corn harvesti... more

Spring (Ver) from The Seasons

Pieter van der Heyden (Netherlandish, ca. 1525–1569)

Winter from a set of The Seasons of Lucas

Master of the Months of Lucas (Netherlandish, active about 1535)

Autumn from a set of The Seasons of Lucas

Master of the Months of Lucas (Netherlandish, active about 1535)

Flowers and Birds of the Four Seasons

On the right-hand screen are white plum blossoms, harbingers of spring, with other small spring flowers growing nearby; farther to the left, the irises of summer are in bloom. Nightingales and cuckoos celebrate... more

Summer from a set of The Seasons of Lucas

Master of the Months of Lucas (Netherlandish, active about 1535)

The Four Seasons

Abraham Bosse (French, Tours 1602/1604–1676 Paris)

Snow, Moon, and Cherry Blossoms (Yoshiwara in Three Seasons)

These paintings by the samurai-born artist Chōbunsai Eishi comprise a triptych representing Yoshiwara, the area around the brothel district of Edo in three seasons of the year, each with its most appealing feat... more

Flowers and Birds of the Four Seasons

Ikeda Koson (Japanese, 1803–1868) Edo period (1615–1868)

Ver (Spring), from The Seasons

Jan van de Velde II (Dutch, Rotterdam or Delft ca. 1593–1641 Enkhuizen)

Views of Nanjing in the Four Seasons

Though few of his works survive, seventeenth-century sources describe Wei Zhike as an important painter in the Nanjing art scene of the late Ming dynasty (1368–1644). In this handscroll, Wei performs a virtuoso... more

Hyems - Winter (Three-quarter-length seasons)

Wenceslaus Hollar (Bohemian, Prague 1607–1677 London)

Autumnus - Autumn (Three-quarter-length seasons)

Young woman standing three-quarter length, her head slightly turned to left, wearing black scarf fastened under her chin over white pointed collar with lace borders covering her shoulders; right hand resting on... more

Autumnus - Autumn (Three-quarter-length seasons)

Young woman standing three-quarter length, her head slightly turned to left, wearing black scarf fastened under her chin over white pointed collar with lace borders covering her shoulders; right hand resting on... more

Aestas - Summer (Three-quarter-length seasons)

Three-quarter length figure of a woman standing next to a table. He face is veiled, she holds a fan in her right hand and rests the other on a pair of gloves lying on the table. Curtains behind looped over a pa... more

Ver - Spring (Three-quarter-length seasons)

A three-quarter length figure of a fashionable dressed woman standing next to a table covered with a cloth, on which there is a vase holding a display of flowers. A garden behind at right. Wenceslaus Hollar (Bo... more

"Summer, from a Series of the Four Seasons", Folio from the Davis Album

In the foreground a standing woman turns her head slightly to her right. She holds a basket of cucumbers in her right hand while lifting her dress with her left. The woman's dress and pose and the thatched bu... more

Time, Apollo and the Seasons

Claude Lorrain (Claude Gellée) (French, Chamagne 1604/5?–1682 Rome)

Panel from a table carpet showing the Four Continents, the Seasons, and Four Planets

These embroidered panels were probably the two ends of a decorative table carpet. The practice of covering tables with precious textiles began in Europe in the thirteenth century, when some imported pile carpet... more

Panel from a table carpet showing the Four Continents, the Seasons, and Four Planets

These embroidered panels were probably the two ends of a decorative table carpet. The practice of covering tables with precious textiles began in Europe in the thirteenth century, when some imported pile carpet... more

Time, Apollo and the Seasons

Claude Lorrain (Claude Gellée) (French, Chamagne 1604/5?–1682 Rome)

Seasons and Elements (Air) (set of four)

Louis XIV as Jupiter personifies Air, seated atop an eagle, holding a bolt of lightning and a shield, and surrounded by birds, butterflies, horns, and other wind instruments. The elaborate design, attributed to... more

Seasons and Elements (Summer) (set of four)

Designed and embroidered probably in the convent of Saint-Joseph-de-la-Providence for the Marquise de Montespan (1641–1707), these hanging (46.43.1–.4) may have adorned the king's apartment at the château de Ra... more

Seasons and Elements (Fire) (set of four)

Designed and embroidered probably in the convent of Saint-Joseph-de-la-Providence for the Marquise de Montespan (1641–1707), these hanging (46.43.1–.4) may have adorned the king's apartment at the château de Ra... more

Seasons and Elements (Spring) (set of four)

Designed and embroidered probably in the convent of Saint-Joseph-de-la-Providence for the Marquise de Montespan (1641–1707), these hanging (46.43.1–.4) may have adorned the king's apartment at the château de Ra... more

Spring from a set of The Seasons

Weaving workshop directed by John Chabanex (French, active before 1696–1744)

The Four Seasons

The engravings by Boucher after Watteau which inspired this screen appear in the works of Watteau, "L'Oeuvre. . . Gravé d'après ses Tableaux & Desseins origineaux. . .par les Soins de M. de Julienne", Paris, n.... more

Vase with Flowers of the Four Seasons

Seasonal references abound in Chinese art, and the four different types of flowers painted here allude to the passing of time and the changes in nature. For example, the plum blossoms on one side, which often b... more

Begonia and Rock Representing Winter; from Set of Four Panels Representing the Four Seasons

Set of four panels, see 62.97.31-.34 Qing dynasty (1644–1911)

Autumn from a set of The Seasons

Weaving workshop directed by John Chabanex (French, active before 1696–1744)

Flowering Plants and Vegetables of the Four Seasons

These screens feature a profusion of flowering plants and vegetables painted with “boneless” brushwork (without outlines) in mineral colors and ink on a gold-leaf ground. They were created by an eighteenth-cent... more

Preparatory drawing for scroll of the Four Seasons in Kyoto

Maruyama Ōkyo (Japanese, 1733–1795) Edo period (1615–1868)

The Four Seasons

Surrounded by foliate scrolls and volutes, four oval medallions contain figures representing the Seasons: Spring holds flowers, Summer with sickle and sheaves, Autumn with grapes and wine glass, and Winter with... more

Bottle with flowers of the four seasons

Although the square shape of the bottle replicates a Dutch glass vessel used for holding wine or spirits, the decoration of the flowers of the four seasons—including chrysanthemums symbolic of spring, and peoni... more

"Four Seasons" enamel liqueur service

The goldsmith Elias Adam was a leading specialist in mounting miniature-like enameled ensembles. He worked several times with Johann Jacob Priester I, arguably the best enamel artist of his time in Southern Ger... more

Allegory of the Seasons

This wineglass is decorated with figures representing Autumn (grape harvest) and the other three seasons.

Allegory of the Seasons

This beaker is decorated with figures personifying the Seasons. See a related wineglass (27.185.168) with figures representing the Seasons.

L'Hiver from the Four Seasons

Charles Joseph Natoire (French, Nîmes 1700–1777 Castel Gandolfo)

Four Seasons (Autumn)

Chelsea Porcelain Manufactory (British, 1745–1784, Red Anchor Period, ca. 1753–58)

Four Seasons (Winter)

Chelsea Porcelain Manufactory (British, 1745–1784, Red Anchor Period, ca. 1753–58)

Four Seasons (Spring)

Chelsea Porcelain Manufactory (British, 1745–1784, Red Anchor Period, ca. 1753–58)

Four Seasons (Summer)

Chelsea Porcelain Manufactory (British, 1745–1784, Red Anchor Period, ca. 1753–58)

A Flute-Playing Monk (Komusō); The Fourth Month (Uzuki), from the series Fashionable Poetic Immortals of the Four Seasons (Fūzoku shiki kasen)

Komusō were itinerant Zen Buddhist monks of the Fuke sect who traveled the countryside, covering their heads with oversize basketlike hats and playing bamboo flutes (shakuhachi). Here the young monk has caught ... more

The First Day of Spring (Risshun), from the series Fashionable Poetic Immortals of the Four Seasons (Fūzoku shiki Kasen)

A young man with a sword tucked into his sash looks up at a young woman in the doorway as he gestures toward a bitter-orange (daidai) tree in the garden. The artist puns on a classical poem by Fujiwara no Shunz... more

Winter, from the series "Elegant Play in the Four Seasons" (Fūryūshiki asobi)

Koryūsai was influenced by Harunobu's style in depicting gentle, elegant women. The poem at the upper right of this print reads, "One shouldn't resent a lover's footprints in the morning snow." Isoda Koryūsai (... more

Panels depicting the Four Seasons

Probably by François Joseph Belanger (French, Paris 1744–1818 Paris)

Scenes of the Four Seasons in Kyoto

The western environs of Kyoto are depicted in this bird’s-eye view of merrymaking and cherry blossom viewing along the Hozu Rapids at Arashiyama—the opening spring scene of a scroll that continues with more urb... more

"Pleasures of the Four Seasons"

Designed by Jean-Baptiste Huet I (French, Paris 1745–1811 Paris)

allegorical figure from "[The Seasons ... A new edition.]"

This image has been taken from scan 000122 from "[The Seasons ... A new edition.]". The title and subject terms of this image have been generated from tags, created by users of the British Library's flickr photostream.

Autumn from "[The Seasons ... A new edition.]"

This image has been taken from scan 000210 from "[The Seasons ... A new edition.]". The title and subject terms of this image have been generated from tags, created by users of the British Library's flickr photostream.

allegorical figure from "[The Seasons ... A new edition.]"

This image has been taken from scan 000276 from "[The Seasons ... A new edition.]". The title and subject terms of this image have been generated from tags, created by users of the British Library's flickr photostream.

The Seasons

A nymph with her eyes covered with a scarf holds a laurel crown over a bust of Janus while putto dance or warm themselves at a brazier near the base of the sculpture. Oval image. Benedictus Antonio van Assen (B... more

The Four Seasons in Southern Edo: A Summer Scene (Minami shiki; Natsu [no] kei)

Utagawa Toyokuni I (Japanese, 1769–1825) Edo period (1615–1868)

Vase with Flowers of the Four Seasons

Qing dynasty (1644–1911)

Girls Entertained by Performers, from the illustrated book Flowers of the Four Seasons

Theatrical performances are paradigms of people watching other people. There is a division of roles as well as a division of space. The actors move about a prescribed area, while the audience remains passively ... more

Women on a Bridge, from the illustrated book Flowers of the Four Seasons

Kitagawa Utamaro (Japanese, 1753?–1806) Edo period (1615–1868)

Girls Getting on Board a Boat, from the illustrated book Flowers of the Four Seasons

Kitagawa Utamaro (Japanese, 1753?–1806) Edo period (1615–1868)

Girls Picking Green Leaves, from the illustrated book Flowers of the Four Seasons

Kitagawa Utamaro (Japanese, 1753?–1806) Edo period (1615–1868)

Picture Book on Flowers of the Four Seasons (Ehon shiki no hana)

Kitagawa Utamaro (Japanese, 1753?–1806) Edo period (1615–1868)

Cherry Blossoms and Irises, from the illustrated book Flowers of the Four Seasons

Kitagawa Utamaro (Japanese, 1753?–1806) Edo period (1615–1868)

Poetry, from the illustrated book Flowers of the Four Seasons

Kitagawa Utamaro (Japanese, 1753?–1806) Edo period (1615–1868)

The Coming Thunderstorm, from the illustrated book Flowers of the Four Seasons

Utamaro portrays a moment in which life in a townsman's home is enlivened and refreshed by a sudden change in the weather. The father rushes to close the outer doors against the rain, while family members dive ... more

New Year's Games, from the printed book Flowers of the Four Seasons (Shiki no hana)

Kitagawa Utamaro (Japanese, 1753?–1806) Edo period (1615–1868)