A Young Woman Warming her Hands over a Brazier: Allegory of Winter, Caesar Boëtius van Everdingen, c. 1644 - c. 1648
The young woman warms her hands above a dish of glowing coals. She personifies Winter. This season was usually represented as a shabbily dressed old man or woman: old because the year is coming to an end, and poor because crops do not grow in the winter. Van Everdingen’s choice of a young, richly attired woman is thus rather unusual.