CRESPI, Giuseppe Maria
(b. 1665, Bologna, d. 1747, Bologna)
Apotheosis of Hercules and the Four Seasons (detail)c. 1700
Palazzo Pepoli Campogrande, Bologna
The picture shows the personification of Spring. The personifications of the Four Seasons represent a style not customary for ceiling frescoes, one that uses burlesque poses and exaggerated expressions. Spring gazes down at the viewer seductively, with an impish, cryptic look.