The Pleasures of the Seasons: Summer
On View In:
Gallery 308
Artist:   Johann Georg Platzer (or Plazer)  
Title:   The Pleasures of the Seasons: Summer  
Date:   c. 1730  
Medium:   Oil on copper  
Dimensions:   15 x 21 1/2 in. (38.1 x 54.61 cm) (panel) 19 3/4 x 26 1/2 in. (50.17 x 67.31 cm) (outer frame)  
Credit Line:   Gift of Mrs. Walter H. Ude  
Location:   Gallery 308  

Ceres, the patron goddess of summer, appears as a sculpture in a shell niche. She holds a cornucopia, denoting the abundance of the earth. Beyond the archway young men undress to swim in the river, and aquatic activities of a more erotic nature proceed in the foreground.

Name:   Platzer (or Plazer), Johann Georg  
Nationality:   Austrian  
Life Dates:   Austrian, 1704 - 1760  

Object Description  
Classification:   Paintings  
Physical Description:   Allegory. Rococo.  
Creation Place:   Europe, Austria, , ,  
Accession #:   63.4  
Owner:   The Minneapolis Institute of Arts