Title:The Pleasures of the Seasons: SpringArtist:Johann Georg Platzer (or Plazer) Date:c. 1730Creation Place:Europe, AustriaCredit Line:Gift of Mrs. Walter H. UdeAccession Number:61.37
Spring is evoked by appropriate flowers and by couples engaging in uninhibited and playful dalliance. Festive musicians accompany the dancing couple at the center, and sculpted putti cavort on a large urn. In the left foreground, lovemaking is more urgent, as a young couple embrace below a sculpture showing Venus crowned by Cupid. Venus, the goddess of love, is traditionally associated with springtime.