HAMEN, Juan van der
(b. 1596, Madrid, d. 1631, Madrid)

Offering to Flora

Oil on canvas, 216 x 140 cm
Museo del Prado, Madrid

Van der Hamen's painting of the Offering to Flora is a visual poem that parallels the lyric verse of his time, in which he united his skills as portraitist and flower painter to produce one of the most beautiful paintings of the allegory of Spring.

Suggested listening (streaming mp3, 2 minutes):
Thomas Weelkes: Madrigal (Springtime Song)