Spring: Fishing Scene

Four Seasons

Spring: Fishing Scene

designed c. 1535, woven late 1600s–early 1700s

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manufacturer

probably by Gobelins Manufactory

(France, Paris, est. 1662)

Tapestry weave: wool, silk, and gold filé

Overall: 255 x 266 cm (100 3/8 x 104 3/4 in.)

Gift of Francis Ginn, Marian Ginn Jones, Barbara Ginn Griesinger, and Alexander Ginn in memory of Frank Hadley Ginn and Cornelia Root Ginn 1952.544.1

Location

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Spring was considered to be a season of courtship and romance; perhaps the gentleman on the bridge in the red cap is trying to catch the attention of the lady next to him.

Description

In this springtime scene, two fishermen wade in a river, dragging a net suspended between two poles. A noble couple on a bridge gestures toward other fishermen, who would have occupied the other side of this tapestry, which is now lost. In the background, townspeople walk on bridges that lead to the gateway to a town with brick walls and portals. Far in the distance, farmers till the soil so they can sow their new seeds, another typical activity associated with spring. The trees on the hills are just beginning to sprout new buds.

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