MASTER of Flora
(active 1555-1570 in France)

The Triumph of Flora

c. 1560
Oil on wood, 131 x 110 cm
Private collection, Vicenza

This one of the small group of paintings attributed to this master belonging to the first Fontainebleau school. It is considered to be a workshop production.

In the paintings attributed to this master, the principal figure, passive and occupying a large part of the picture space, is contrasted with other more dynamic figures: putti in the Triumph, servants in the Birth and children in the Abundance. As in the work of Nicolo dell'Abate, but in a more anecdotal way, nature is very much present, particularly in the flowers strewn around in such profusion that they could almost be seen as the signature of the artist.