Celebration of the Seasons

This exhibition celebrates the seasons through the eyes of various artists throughout the ages. No matter how long humans have been around, and how far stretched over the earth humans may be, we have all witnessed the passage of time. We all must pay homage to the turning of the earth, to the seasons. This gallery contains artwork from many different centuries and many different cultures to reflect just that. The one thing all humans have in common is time and nature. The gallery contains colorful works and works that are more monotone. It contains statues and paintings. The gallery contains very vibrant modern art and very somber art from past centuries. In each piece, no matter what century or color scheme, mankind's love for the seasons of Earth is reflected in the eyes of the artist and translated with perfect clarity to the viewer. The two focus pieces in the gallery are very different pieces. The first piece, Four Seasons in One Head by Goiseppe Arcimboldo represents a melding of the seasons into one personification. Each of the seasons is represented in some form on the character, but each is blended together to form a single harmonious being. It represents how the seasons blend together on the Earth to make a single harmonious planet, that balances itself perfectly. The second focus piece is just the opposite. Balthasar Permoser took the four seasons and separated each of them into completely different personifications. He even assigned the seasons different sexes. Each season is given not only masculine and feminine traits, but is assigned a personality based on the god portraying the season.

This artwork is a focus piece of this gallery. Giuseppe Arcimboldo does an amazing job of combining elements  from all four seasons into one composite head. This artwork represents the whole of nature to me. The fruit and flowers represent the bounty and fertility of nature and gives the viewer the sense of how nature provides for every species.  It represents the collective conscience of nature as well. The snarled bark like face and moss represent the darker season of winter. The age of the face represents the ancient rhythm of the seasons. 
Balthasar Permoser  made the Statuettes depicting the Four Seasons in 1690. This piece is a focus piece in my gallery because of the interesting personification of the seasons. Not only does the personification of the seasons say a lot about how people in Florence in the 1600's viewed the world, but the sexes assigned to the seasons give us insight into the mind of Balthasar Permoser himself. The two warmer seasons, spring and summer are portrayed as women. They are light and airy and feminine seasons according to this artist. Autumn and Winter are portrayed as men. Bacchus, the god of wine and dance stands in for Autumn. This makes sense when you consider that autumn is when the harvest takes place. Much celebration would be actually taking place during autumn. Females would never be linked to this sort of merriment in the 1600's therefore a man had to portray this season. Winter is perhaps the most ironic character in this set of statuettes. Vulcan, the god of fire is depicting winter. He is disguised as a shivering old man. The fact that a god that stands for the polar opposite is picked to portray winter is both humorous and a testament to winter's strength. Both forces are destructive.  
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