Summer (Aestas, from a Four Seasons series, 1 of 4 plates)

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

Catalogue Raisonné

Van Bastelaer 202 (I); Hollstein (Dutch & Flemish, vol. III, Bruegel) 202; Hollstein (Dutch & Flemish, vol. IV, Cock) 262; Hollstein (Dutch & Flemish, vol. IX, Van der Heyden) 64 (I/II); Orenstein (New Hollstein, Dutch & Flemish, Bruegel) 30 (I/II)


Platemark: 22.6 x 28.6 cm (8 7/8 x 11 1/4 in.) Sheet: 25.4 x 31.3 cm (10 x 12 5/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


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.


Inscribed in plate, within image: Cock excu. Bruegel Inuet; lower margin, left: Iulius, Augustus, nec non et Iunius Aestas. [July, August, and also June make Summer]; in cartouche, lower center: AESTAS// Adoles centie imago/imago [Summer, image of youth]; lower margin, right: Frugiferas aruis fert Aestas torrida messeis. [Hot summer brings bounteous harvests to the fields]


Not signed


Watermark [not identified]; MFA stamp with old accession number in graphite: 32984


May 22-24, 1933, C. G. Boerner (dealer) sale, Leipzig, one of 4 prints in lot 199; July 20, 1933, purchased from that sale by the MFA. (Accession Date: July 20, 1933)

Credit Line

Seth K. Sweetser Fund