Five putti are playing with grapes, wine, apples and pears. They are the attributes of autumn, the time when the harvest is brought in and the grapes are pressed.
This over-door panel by the Antwerp painter Geeraerts looks like a marble relief. It is painted in many shades of grey, hence it is called a ‘grisaille’. In the Netherlands, this type of marble imitation is also called ‘Witjes’, after the painter Jacob de Wit, who specialised in the technique.
Martinus Josephus Geeraerts (Antwerp 1707 - 1791 Antwerp)
Allegory of Autumn
85 x 100 cm
Gerret Braamcamp, Amsterdam, until 1771; Prince William V, The Hague, 1771-1795; confiscated by the French, transferred to the Muséum Central des Arts/Musée Napoléon (Musée du Louvre), Paris, 1795-1815; Royal Picture Gallery, housed in the Prince William V Gallery, The Hague, 1816; transferred to the Mauritshuis, 1822