10 October 2022

Autumn inspirations

Autumn ushers in beautiful colors and a few special events… discover more image related to the autumn

Autumn ushers in beautiful colors and a few special events… 

Between late September and November the leaves change color and we become immersed in the breathtaking landscapes of varying hues of yellow, orange, red, beige, brown and burgundy.

Enjoy our gallery and the autumn foliage!

Il fogliame autunnale rosso intenso di un Acer palmatum a Sheffield Park, East Sussex. Sullo sfondo l'Upper Womans Way Pond con alberi di ogni colore dal verde, giallo e arancione al rosso che lo incorniciano. Foto: Andrew Butler. - NT02262
The deep red autumn foliage of an Acer palmatum at Sheffield Park, East Sussex. Upper Womans Way Pond is in the background with trees of every colour from green, yellow and orange to r​ed framing it. Photo: Andrew Butler. – NT02262

Autumn is also the season of grapes and their harvesting.

Come, thou monarch of the vine,

Plumpy Bacchus, with pink eyne.

In thy vats our cares be drowned.

With thy grapes our hairs be crowned.

Cup us till the world go round,

Cup us till the world go round.

William Shakespeare

But who was Bacchus? Bacchus was the Roman god of wine, harvesting and pleasure, often depicted drunk, with a cup of wine in his hand and surrounded by vine leaves.

Michelangelo, Drunken Bacchus, Bargello National Museum, Florence – 0084000

Michelangelo Buonarroti depicted a young Bacchus, drunk with wine and staggering; behind him the satyr Pan who takes advantage of the drunken state of the god and is eagerly eating his grapes.

In his Young Bacchus, the Bolognese artist Guido Reni, instead, paints a naked child, plump and drunk with wine.

Guido Reni, Bachhino - Gemaeldegalerie Alte Meister - Staatliche Kunstsammlungen, Dresda - B007300

Guido Reni Young Bacchus, c. 1637-1638 Gemaeldegalerie Alte Meister – Staatliche Kunstsammlungen, Dresden, Germany – B007300

Bacchus and the allegory of autumn… view the variety, browse our gallery.

Autumn is also … Halloween!

One of the most famous festivals in autumn is definitely Halloween… But maybe not everyone knows that Halloween originated in Ireland.

Its origins date back to when the green Erin was dominated by the Celts, Halloween corresponds to the ancient Samhain, a kind of Celtic New Year that separated the summer period from the winter and was celebrated most likely on October 31.

Only after the great Irish migration of 800, Halloween became an important holiday in America

Halloween. Three scary Halloween masks and a black cat.. From a postcard published by Raphael Tuck. Artist: FMH. circa 1912 – E268366

And the pumpkin? At Halloween you must have the legendary carved pumpkin, called jack-o’-lantern.

Abbott Fuller Graves, Jack-O-Lantern, oil on canvas – PC07970

Discover more images related to the Halloween!

If we say autumn  Halloween what color comes to mind?

Browse our gallery and discover a selection of the most diverse styles and objects where orange is the dominant color.

Wassily Kandinsky, Sketch for Painting with Orange Border. 1916 – PC40505
Horse, enameled orange ceramic, 1930s, Italy – DE19496
Arched corridor in the huge underground prison Habs Qara, Meknes, Meknes-Tafilalet, Morocco.​ Meknes is a fortified Imperial city redeveloped under Moulay Ismail, as Morocco’s political capital. Picture by Manuel Cohen – MC12102

Are you looking for autumn images, search our archive or write to our staff for help with a specific search.
Happy autumn!


Cover: An almost perfect reflection of Autumn colour in the Middle Lake at She​ffield Park from pale pampas grass, and deep green rhododendrons to gold, orange and red acers. Foto: Andrew Butler – NT02258