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Autumn
Oil on canvas. 1805 - 1806
Maella, Mariano Salvador
Autumn
Oil on canvas. 1805 - 1806
Maella, Mariano Salvador

Bacchus, the god of wine, is the figure traditionally associated with Autumn. Accompanied here by a satyr with a wineskin, he leans on a barrel and raises a goblet of wine in a pose inspired by the classical marble statue of the Resting Satyr -then in La Granja palace and now in the Prado- after an original by Praxiteles. In the background several companions carry a drunken Silenus.

Spring
Oil on canvas. 1805 - 1806
Maella, Mariano Salvador
Spring
Oil on canvas. 1805 - 1806
Maella, Mariano Salvador

The series devoted to the Four Seasons was possibly commissioned from Maella by Charles IV to decorate the Platinum Room in the Casa del Labrador in Aranjuez, although in the end the Four Seasons executed by the French painter Anne-Louis Girodet were hung there. Maella chose the figure of the goddess Flora, accompanied by a cherub, for his allegory of Spring.

Winter
Oil on canvas. 1805 - 1806
Maella, Mariano Salvador
Winter
Oil on canvas. 1805 - 1806
Maella, Mariano Salvador

Inside a house set in a snow-covered, nocturnal landscape, a peasant and his wife warm themselves by the fire next to a table laid with supper. The scene may allude to the myth of Hades and Persephone that is connected with this season, during which Persephone lives in the Underworld with Hades, her abductor, refusing the food he offers her to keep her in his realm.

Summer
Oil on canvas. 1805 - 1806
Maella, Mariano Salvador
Summer
Oil on canvas. 1805 - 1806
Maella, Mariano Salvador

Disguised as a peasant woman accompanied by reapers, the Earth goddess, Ceres, is shown with her attributes, the torch and a sheaf of corn. The lightning in the sky may allude to Zeus, her brother and lover by whom she bore a daughter, Persephone, who was abducted by Hades and spent part of the year in the Underworld and the other part with her mother. This myth gave rise to the Seasons.

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