Design for a Marriage Window with the Seasons Spring and Summer

Daniel Lindtmayerabout 1595 - 1600

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

To commemorate their marriage, wealthy patrons often commissioned designs for stained-glass windows to decorate their local church. The frame of this window contains personifications of Spring on the left, holding a basket of flowers, and Summer on the right, holding a bundle of wheat. In the corners below, a putto holding an anchor represents Hope, and one carrying a broken column represents Fortitude.

Daniel Lindtmayer used black ink lines to outline the forms with care and precision and then added gray wash to model them and create volume. He later sketched in the husband and wife's coats of arms and an inscription at the base that gives their names, although it is difficult to read: Hans Conradt von Pforburg and Anna von Pforburg.

Lindtmayer probably produced this design as a cartoon for a glass painter to copy; it was never intended for the patrons to see. He left empty spaces for the coats of arms and only lightly sketched them in later in brown ink. He also left various areas incomplete on the right side when they mirrored the symmetrical elements on the left. Notations in black chalk throughout the design give color instructions.

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  • Title: Design for a Marriage Window with the Seasons Spring and Summer
  • Creator: Daniel Lindtmayer
  • Date: about 1595 - 1600
  • Physical Dimensions: 39.7 x 29.7 cm (15 5/8 x 11 11/16 in.)
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Pen and black chalk and brown ink and gray wash, with color notations in black chalk
  • Source Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Object Type: Drawing
  • Object Status: Permanent Collection
  • Number: 91.GG.1
  • Markings: Color notations in black chalk and brown ink throughout; and at the lower center, in brown ink, "HJW" (initials of the Basel glass painter Hans Jörg Wannewetsch II [1611-1682]; Ganz 1966, p. 127). Watermark: Unidentifiable fragment of a symbol.
  • Inscription: Inscribed along the arch at top, in black ink, "FRÜLING/VER" and "SOMER/AESTAS"; above the family crests, in brown ink, "Virtuti om nia parent"; in the cartouche at the bottom, also in brown ink, "Hans Conradt von Pfor[?] [crossed out] Pforburg[?] zu Dalsberg[?] / Anna von Pforburg[?] gebornen Ifflingerin / von Granneck" (for a family history of the barons of Ifflinger-Granegg, see Schön 1896, pp. 84-86).
  • Display Location: Not currently on view
  • Department: Drawings
  • Culture: Swiss
  • Classification: Drawings