Hans Wertinger

Village Fete

Village Fete
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Author: Hans Wertinger
Painting, Oil on panel, 22.5x40 cm
Origin: Germany, late 15th - first third of the 16th century

This is one of twelve allegorical compositions by Wertinger depicting the different months of the year, in this case October . Such subjects allowed the artist to paint genre scenes or landscapes with figures. Here the hilly Bavarian landscape with its fast-flowing river serves as a background against for peasants feasting, dancing and fighting as they mark the end of the summer drudgery and the bringing in of the harvest. Behind them is a procession with banners heading for the gaily decorated church, the tiny figures depicted in space with great simplicity. The light and bright colouring emphasises the joyous mood. Such works were the direct forerunners on the road to the genre scenes of the 17th century. It is possible that the series of paintings formed part of an interior.

Style: Renaissance
Source of entry: Shuvalov House Museum, Leningrad, 1925
Theme: Allegory
Exibition: German Art: 15th - 18th centuries

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