Idealised Portrait of a Courtesan as Flora, Bartolomeo Veneto
Bartolomeo Veneto
Idealised Portrait of a Courtesan as Flora
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Bartolomeo Veneto

Idealised Portrait of a Courtesan as Flora, ca. 1520


Dimensions
43.7 x 34.7 x 0.9 cm
Physical Description
Mixed technique on poplar
Inventory Number
1077
Acquisition
Acquired in 1872
Status
On display, 2nd upper level, Old Masters

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About the Work

This work is traditionally considered a portrait of Lucrezia Borgia, the scandal-ridden daughter of Pope Alexander VI. In fact, it shows an unknown lady in the guise of Flora, the classical goddess of spring. Hence the bunch of flowers in her right hand, and especially the fanciful costume with the turban and wig. The exposed breast would have been unthinkable in a portrait of a respectable woman, married or not. Educated courtesans, however – who enjoyed particularly great popularity in Venice and Rome – often had themselves portrayed in the role of Flora.

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Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Idealised Portrait of a Courtesan as Flora
Painter
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Mixed technique on poplar
Material
Technique

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
CC BY-SA 4.0 Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Acquisition
Acquired in 1872

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Associated Persons and Institutions

Iconclass

Primary
  • 61BB1 historical persons not known by name - BB - woman
  • 96A237 specific aspects, allegorical aspects of Flora; Flora as patroness
  • 41D132 fashionable woman, 'belle'
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02.07.2020