VENNE, Adriaen Pietersz. van de
(b. 1589, Delft, d. 1662, The Hague)
Oil on oak, 43 x 68 cm
Staatliche Museen, Berlin
A Summer and an unusually benign Winter, each signed and dated 1614, are paired by van der Venne. The brilliantly lit scene of ice skating, ice fishing, and ice sailing is one of fun and flirtation, since warm weather is the time when the poor work in the fields and the wealthy travel.