Paintings were the digital cameras of their day. While that sounds silly, since they often took months if not years to complete, when the masters of the art did them, we could see events, moments, and the people of a time past, when there were no cameras. In some ways these artists created our memories of the time by how they presented it, but in others we are the ones who harvest the story... As the painters painted, we supplied the imagination.
This scene is by Hendrick Avercamp a Dutch painter who featured skating and winter in most of his works.
The next three paintings are by Pieter Brueghel the elder. He obviously had observed snow, winter, and human activity during the season. Which is why I love his work.
And despite my attempts, my computer couldn't find the artist for these lovely works. But they do show us snow, ice and winter in Japan.