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Spring (from a Four Seasons series)

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Inscription

in plate, within image: Bruegel.inuet.; lower right: H. Cock. excud. 1570; in lower margin, at left: Martius, Aprilis, Maius, sunt tempora ueris. [March, April, and May are the months of Spring]; in cartouche, center: VER/Pueritie comper [Spring, similar to childhood]; Vere Venus gaudet florentibus aurea sertis. [In Spring golden Venus rejoices in garlands of blooming flower]

Signed

lower right: P/AME [monogram]

Marks

watermark [not identified]; MFA stamp with old accession number in graphite: 32983

Provenance

Sold, Leipzig, C. G. Boerner, May 22, 1933, part of lot 199; where purchased by MFA.

Credit Line

Seth K. Sweetser Fund

1570

Catalogue Raisonné

Van Bastelaer 200 (I)

Dimensions

Platemark: 22.9 x 28.8 cm (9 x 11 5/16 in.) Sheet: 25.5 x 31.3 cm (10 1/16 x 12 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

33.557

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