A Young Man with a Basket of Fruit (Personification of 'Summer')
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A Young Man with a Basket of Fruit (Personification of 'Summer') about 1640 - 1650

On Display Scottish National Gallery

The basket of seasonal fruit and vegetables and the ears of barley tucked into his turban help identify this young man with Summer (some reference to the grape harvest would have been included for Autumn). His features and colouring suggest that Murillo used a real model for this painting but his athletic torso and the swirl of drapery over his shoulder link him with ideal figures from classical antiquity. Series of paintings representing the seasons and the senses were popular in the seventeenth century, but this is an unusual subject for Murillo. He may have painted it for his patron Justino de Neve.

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Antiquity

A general term for the civilisations of Ancient Greece and Rome. Also used as a general term to describe something very old.

Classicism

A general term for art and architecture based on ancient Greek and Roman culture.

Patronage

The support given to artists by an individual or organisation, usually through buying or funding their work.

Antiquity, Classicism, Patronage

Details

  • Acc. No. NG 2706
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 102.00 x 81.50 cm (framed: 143.20 x 120.00 cm)
  • Credit Purchased by Private Treaty with the aid of the Art Fund 1999