The Four Seasons in Painting: Winter Wonderland with Dr. Alette Fleischer

The Four Seasons in Painting: Winter Wonderland with Dr. Alette Fleischer


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How did artists capture the two faces of Winter in paint over the centuries? This seminar will look forward to the Winter season and the prospect of experiencing the changing of the season around the world. Let us look forward to a bright future!

In this series, we will be looking at how artists depicted the different seasons throughout the ages. How is springtime celebrated over the ages? The heat and sweat from the hot summer months? The autumnal festivities of bringing in the harvest, the making of wine, hunting for game, with the last of the summer glow. The hardships of winter, storms, and snow, icy weather, and the comfort of a fireplace.

In this seminar, we turn to the snow-white winter: long nights and short days, cold wind, ice, and snow, do not entice us to go outside. Better to stay indoors, close to the warmth of the fireplace. However, snow and ice also invite us to go outside, to collect wood, or to play, to go ice skating, and sled riding. Winter is also the season of festivities, the celebration of the birth of Christ, the welcoming of the New Year, the Adoration of the Magi on January 6th, and Mardi Gras in mid-February. Winter, besides snow, cold, and hardship has another side: fun and festivities.

Led by an expert on the history of gardens and landscapes, Dr. Alette Fleischer, this interactive seminar will reflect on how humans experience the changing of the seasons. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased awareness that looking forward to a new season is key to our wellbeing.

This conversation is part of a four-part series with Alette Fleischer. Each session is designed as a stand-alone seminar as well as part of a four-week series.

Amsterdam-born Alette Fleischer has a degree in Art History and a PhD in 17th Dutch History, focusing on gardens, science, and technology. She has curated several exhibitions, publishes articles, presents lectures, and a proud Context Expert. For Context Travel, Alette has led the Rijksmuseum tours many times. Motto: staying curious is key for being a good historian.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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A Great Series

This was the last of the four seasons and again a great treat. Dr. Fleischer has a wonderful way of making pictures come alive and we saw artists we knew and some we'd like to learn even more about.

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J.K.
A Great Series

This was the last of the four seasons and again a great treat. Dr. Fleischer has a wonderful way of making pictures come alive and we saw artists we knew and some we'd like to learn even more about.