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Flora
Flora

Photo credit: De Morgan Collection

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Flora is the Roman goddess of flowers, especially associated with spring, her festivals, the Floralia, were from 28 April to 3 May. The scroll is in Italian and translates as follows: 'I come down from Florence and am Flora, This city takes its name from flower Among the flowers I was born and now by a change of home I have my dwelling among the mountains of Scotia Welcome, and let me treasure amid northern mists be dear to you.' Flora is depicted in front of a nespolo or loquat tree which bears fruit in the spring. Little birds, such as Chaffinch and a Siskin can be identified within the tree. Flora’s robe is patterned with Florentine flowers and blossoms drop from her clasp and lie scattered in front of her feet. The painting was made entirely in Florence and is a celebration of the city and its Renaissance artists – it is clearly inspired by Botticelli's 'Primavera'.

Title

Flora

Date

1894

Medium

oil on canvas

Measurements

H 199 x W 88 cm

Accession number

P_EDM_0017

Acquisition method

gift

Work type

Painting

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De Morgan Collection

England

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