Gerard Hoet I
(Zaltbommel 1648 – The Hague 1733)
Allegory of winter (en grisaille)
Traces of signature l.l.
Oil on canvas on panel, 25.1 x 20 cm
Private collection, Belgium
The painting depicts an allegorical representation of winter and forms part of a series of paintings that Hoet painted of the four seasons. The putto assists a woman tying her skates, the woman is seated on a richly decorated kicksled and warms her feet on a footstove. In the background one can see skaters on the moat. After this series by Hoet etchings were made by printmaker Jan Broedelet, examples of which are in the collection of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.