This talk celebrates the spectacular landscape of winter: not a bleak and monochrome season, but one that is filled with light and a myriad of colour. Looking at winter through the eyes of Pieter Breugel the Elder, JMW Turner, Caspar David Friedrich, Pissarro, Monet and others, its inspirational force quickly becomes apparent. It is a time of liberation and play. Of mystery, inspiration and exquisite beauty. With the thrum of the winter solstice as a backdrop, we will move through European art history from medieval manuscripts to Impressionism to see how the winter landscape has evolved into a revered genre of art in its own right. This talk promotes rest and regeneration, fun and laughter, hope and optimism for the new future that awaits us.