Continental European after 1800, Continental European before 1800 15 Who painted this image of the goddess Flora?

DBY_DEMAG_1909_426_6
Topic: Subject or sitter

This is the goddess, Flora. The composition dates from the first half of the seventeenth century, and it may well be an original, not a copy. If it is from the nineteenth century it is a good copy. It looks like a Florentine painting by an identifiable artist, but which?

For a Flora with an elaborate floral arrangement on her head see, for instance, Rembrandt's 1634 painting in the Hermitage and Claude Vignon's 1650 painting in the Residenz Galerie, Salzburg.

There is currently no information in the collection’s records pertaining to the artist responsible for this picture. Further thoughts would be appreciated.

Martin Hopkinson, Entry reviewed by Art UK

15 comments

Al Brown,

I have a note from a while back that it resembles works by Dandini, The facial type certainly seems to be like his,

Martin Hopkinson,

For Cesare Dandini [1596-1657] , a Florentine, who seems a good candidate, see Sandro Bellesi's two books of 1996 and 2007 . A series of paintings of allegories , especially an Allegory of Intelligence are comparable in style.

Martin Hopkinson,

Auckland Art Gallery's exhibition 'The Corsini collection. A window on Renaissance Florence' apparently included a painting by Dandini of Flora. Unfortunately no copy of the paperback catalogue seems to have reached a major British library - but may be Alastair Laing has seen it? Or perhaps an image can be found in the Witt Library in the Courtauld Institute of Art?

Martin Hopkinson,

Joseph Strutt of Derby [1765- 1844], the first Mayor of that town, was known for his collection of Old Masters and helped to build The Athenaeum, a building to house an art gallery and museum.

Martin Hopkinson,

Joseph Strutt of Derby [1765- 1844], the first Mayor of that town, was known for his collection of Old Masters and helped to build The Athenaeum, a building to house an art gallery and museum.

Jacinto Regalado,

Of course, this is not the right sort of subject for Dolci, being neither a religious picture nor a portrait (though it could be a portrait of an actual lady as Flora, as is the case with the Dandini Flora).

Having reviewed these suggestions, I think Cesare Dandini is probably the most likely attribution. His work does not show the same highly crafted technique as Carlo Dolci and subject is typical of his work.

Jacinto Regalado,

The consideration of either Dandini or Dolci is based on the premise that this is a 17th century Florentine painting, which it may be, but how certain is that? Does the museum have any information as to provenance or history?

Martin Hopkinson,

The Bellesi publications do not seem to include every painting by Dandini - but he certainly had a penchant for wreaths of flowers on women's heads. The Allegory of Intelligence most comparable does not seem to have been known to Bellesi -it is on a Russian site otoram90.com as well as http://www.the-athenaeum.org

Edward Stone,

The collection has been contacted about the suggested attribution to Cesare Dandini (1596–1657).

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