Today, March 20th 2014, is the first day of spring. To celebrate, here is an allegorical painting of spring by the baroque master Bartolomeo Guidobono, who spent most of his career painting in northern Italy. Spring is here personified as a lovely young woman in a simple but elegant gown. A curly-headed nude infant sprawls across her lap and wildflowers spring up at her feet. Behind the maiden a grove of budding trees recedes into the green distance. It is a simple and refreshing painting about the relief and happiness of living things as winter fades and the world begins to grow again. Hooray for spring!