Idealised Portrait of a Young Woman as Flora, Bartolomeo Veneto
Bartolomeo Veneto
Idealised Portrait of a Young Woman as Flora
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Bartolomeo Veneto

Idealised Portrait of a Young Woman 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, room 16

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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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07.06.2024