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Hyems (Winter)
  • Matthäus Merian, the elder
    1593–1650
    born: Basel, Old Swiss Confederacy (present-day Switzerland) ; died: Langenschwalbach, Germany (present-day Bad Schwalbach) ; active: Switzerland
  • Hyems (Winter), 1622
  • The Four Times of Year
  • Where object was made: Switzerland
  • etching
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 132 x 181 mm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 5 3/16 x 7 1/8 in
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 144 x 182 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 5 5/8 x 7 1/8 in
    Mat Dimensions: 20 x 25 in 2007.0024.01-04 matted together
  • Museum purchase: Letha Churchill Walker Fund
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0024.04
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Exhibitions
Catalogue raisonné

Exhibition Label:
"Time/Frame," Jun-2008, Robert Fucci, Shuyun Ho, Lauren Kernes, Lara Kuykendall, Ellen C. Raimond, and Stephanie Teasley
Popular calendar imagery was not always marked with numbers and the days of the week. A type of Dutch art collected in the seventeenth century featured a series of images that depicted activities appropriate for each month or season of the year, as seen in The Months and the nearby Four Times of Year by Matthew Merian. Some activities relate to agricultural labor and others are for sheer enjoyment, showing that life can have a balance of work and play all year long.