Simon Vouet: The Four seasons (1644-1645)

(National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin, Ireland)

A painting by the French artist Simon Vouet (1590-1649). This piece is an allegory of the four seasons with each of the four characters on the painting symbolizing a season. Top right with a wreath of flowers and holding a crown is Flora (= spring). Flora is exchanging an amorous look with Adonis (= Winter) who is dressed as a hunter and holding a dog. Lower right is the infant Bacchus (-= Autumn) who is bearing grapes and twists away from the dog. On the left is Ceres (= Summer) who is watching the scene. Painting from around 1644-1645