Apollo and the Seasons

Richard Wilson (English, 1714-1782)

Currently on View in H213
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Richard Wilson spent much of the decade of the 1750s in Italy, living in both Venice and Rome. Upon his return to England around 1759, he quickly became the preeminent English painter of the classical landscape.

Apollo and the Seasons provides an early example of the picturesque landscape tradition in England. In such works, the genres of landscape and history painting overlap in a way that validates an aesthetic response to nature through nostalgic references to classical literature and mythology. The inclusion of a ruined temple bathed in golden light heightens these literary associations.

Provenance research is on-going at the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields. Please contact Annette Schlagenhauff, Curator of European Art, at aschlagenhauff@discovernewfields.org if you have questions, or if you have additional information to share with us.

Object Information

Richard Wilson (English, 1714-1782)
creation date
about 1768
oil on canvas
48 x 67 in.
58 x 77-1/2 in. (framed)
accession number
credit line
Gift of Mrs. Charlotte Jackson Baldwin
Public Domain
European Painting and Sculpture Before 1800

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