LEONARDO da Vinci
(b. 1452, Vinci, d. 1519, Cloux, near Amboise)
Bust of Flora1510s
Wax, height 67,5 cm
Staatliche Museen, Berlin
This unusual bust is attributed to Leonardo da Vinci's circle. It presents us with the classical goddess of flowers and the spring. Due to the heat sensitive nature of the material, few other equally high quality examples of sculptures using this technique remain. While it is clearly not a votive figure portraying a particular personality, this example conveys a good impression of the high artistic value of such lifelike figures. Leonardo da Vinci had become familiar with the production of such figures in Verrocchio's workshop.