(b. 1445, Firenze, d. 1510, Firenze)

Allegory of Abundance

Pen, brown ink, brown wash over black chalk and pink tinted paper, 317 x 253 mm
British Museum, London

This study is one of the most technically practised and gentle that the artist produced. Abundance bears a cornucopia in her arm as a symbol and is accompanied by putti carrying fruit. Her posture and physiognomy are strongly reminiscent of the figures of Flora and Venus in Primavera, giving the study a date somewhere in the first half of the 1480s. The proximity to Primavera may also be seen in the treatment of her dress, which is identical with those of the three dancing Graces. These figures are all clad in transparent garments which cling to their bodies, emphasizing their forms.