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Allegory of Summer

Artist:
Pietro Testa (Italian, Lucca 1612–1650 Rome)
Date:
ca. 1642–44
Medium:
Etching
Dimensions:
Sheet: 19 1/8 × 27 9/16 in. (48.5 × 70 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1949
Accession Number:
49.95.2323
Not on view
In this elaborate allegory, one of a set of four representing the seasons, the winged figure on the ground at lower right symbolizes the soul unable to escape the bondage of time and the effects of the elements on humanity. The scorching summer has dried up the rivers, though Juno, in the air above the hero, is squeezing rain from the clouds, providing hope of relief. Apollo, framed by the sun at the high point of the heavens, also provides help: he is drawing an arrow in order to shoot down the drought-borne pestilence on the earth.
Inscription: Lettered in block lower centre: 'AL SIGR GIOVANNI DELLA BORNIA / Pietro Testa ...'
Princes of Liechtenstein; Vendor: P. & D. Colnaghi & Co.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," April 14, 1997–July 20, 1997.

Bartsch XX.227.37; Bellini 31; Cropper 76ii
Adam von Bartsch Le Peintre graveur. Vienna, 1803.

Paolo Bellini L'opera incisa di Pietro Testa. Vicenza, 1976.

Elizabeth Cropper Pietro Testa, 1612-1650: Prints and Drawings. Philadephia, 1988.



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