Spring (from a Four Seasons series)

Engraved by Pieter van der Heyden (Netherlandish, 1525–1569), After Pieter Bruegel, the Elder (Netherlandish, about 1525–1569), Published by Hieronymus Cock (Netherlandish, 1510–1570)

Catalogue Raisonné

Van Bastelaer 200 (I)


Platemark: 22.9 x 28.8 cm (9 x 11 5/16 in.) Sheet: 25.5 x 31.3 cm (10 1/16 x 12 5/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Engraving and etching

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings



One of two designs by Bruegel (Spring and Summer) for a Four Seasons series issued by Cock in 1570. Fall and Winter were designed by Hans Bol, although no drawings for these prints survive. All four were probably engraved by van der Heyden, although only Spring bears his monogram.


in plate, within image: Bruegel.inuet.; lower right: H. Cock. excud. 1570; in lower margin, at left: Martius, Aprilis, Maius, sunt tempora ueris. [March, April, and May are the months of Spring]; in cartouche, center: VER/Pueritie comper [Spring, similar to childhood]; Vere Venus gaudet florentibus aurea sertis. [In Spring golden Venus rejoices in garlands of blooming flowers]


lower right: P/AVE [monogram]


watermark [not identified]; MFA stamp with old accession number in graphite: 32983


May 22, 1933, C. G. Boerner (dealer) sale (part of lot 199), Leipzig; purchased by the from this sale by the MFA

Credit Line

Seth K. Sweetser Fund