Monday, May 18, 2009

Rembrandt's Flora

Rembrandt's brand-new bride, Saskia van Uylenburgh, was probably the model for Flora, the Roman goddess of flowers, springtime and fertility, here crowned with flowers and dressed in a costly gown. On 22 July 1634 Rembrandt married Saskia, and in the same year he painted his Flora.

Rembrandt portrayed a modest, charming Flora, dressed in a rather oriental costume. Her floral finery includes a red tulip, in those days a flower both costly and popular. Flowers also entwine the stick in her hand. The foliage in the background indicates the outdoor setting.

The original painting by the artist is said to be, in the The Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia.

Souvenir sheet issued by Russia on 12 December, 1973.

4148 - Flora - Painting by Rembrandt

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