Sunday, June 30, 2019

Celebrating The Earth's Beauty - 17C Goddess Flora

Pierre Gobert (1662-1744)  - Retrato de Noiva com Flores

Summer is the perfect time to celebrate Earth's Beauty & Bounty.  Flowers gave beauty & inspiration to mankind's basic struggle to live & to populate & to protect his home-base, The Earth.  Holding on to The Sweet Divine - The Lord God took man & put him in the Garden of Eden to work it & to keep it.

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Celebrating The Earth's Beauty - 16C Goddess Flora

Giuseppe Arcimboldo (Milan, 1526-1593) Flora 1590 The artist created these 2 heads & busts from flowers, small animals & other natural elements, carefully chosen & relating to the subject, but recognizable close up
Giuseppe Arcimboldo (Milan, 1526-1593) Flora 1589

Summer is the perfect time to celebrate Earth's Beauty & Bounty.  Flowers gave beauty & inspiration to mankind's basic struggle to live & to populate & to protect his home-base, The Earth.  Holding on to The Sweet Divine - The Lord God took man & put him in the Garden of Eden to work it & to keep it.

Friday, June 28, 2019

Celebrating The Earth's Beauty - 16C Goddess Flora - Jan Metsys 1509-1575

 Jan Metsys (1509-1575) - Flora -1559

Jan Metsys (1509-1575) - Flora -1561

Summer is the perfect time to celebrate Earth's Beauty & Bounty.  Flowers gave beauty & inspiration to mankind's basic struggle to live & to populate & to protect his home-base, The Earth.  Holding on to The Sweet Divine - The Lord God took man & put him in the Garden of Eden to work it & to keep it.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Celebrating The Earth's Beauty - 16C Goddess Flora, Goddess of Flowers by Titian (1485-1576)

Titian (1485-1576),  Goddess Flora

Summer is the perfect time to celebrate Earth's Beauty & Bounty.  Flowers gave beauty & inspiration to mankind's basic struggle to live & to populate & to protect his home-base, The Earth.  Holding on to The Sweet Divine - The Lord God took man & put him in the Garden of Eden to work it & to keep it.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Celebrating The Earth's Beauty - 16C Goddess Flora, Goddess of Flowers by Tintoretto (1518-1594)

Tintoretto, born Jacopo Robusti (born c. 1518-1594)  Flora.

Summer is the perfect time to celebrate Earth's Beauty & Bounty.  Flowers gave beauty & inspiration to mankind's basic struggle to live & to populate & to protect his home-base, The Earth.  Holding on to The Sweet Divine - The Lord God took man & put him in the Garden of Eden to work it & to keep it.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Celebrating The Earth's Beauty - 16C Goddess Flora, Goddess of Flowers

Master Of Flora (Italian, Fontainebleau, 2nd half of 16C - The Triumph of Flora

Summer is the perfect time to celebrate Earth's Beauty & Bounty.  Flowers gave beauty & inspiration to mankind's basic struggle to live & to populate & to protect his home-base, The Earth.  Holding on to The Sweet Divine - The Lord God took man & put him in the Garden of Eden to work it & to keep it.

Monday, June 24, 2019

Celebrating The Earth's Beauty - 16C Goddess Flora, Goddess of Flowers

Ambroise Dubois (Flemish-born French artist, 1542-43–1614-15) Flore ou Allégorie de l'été

Summer is the perfect time to celebrate Earth's Beauty & Bounty.  Flowers gave beauty & inspiration to mankind's basic struggle to live & to populate & to protect his home-base, The Earth.  Holding on to The Sweet Divine - The Lord God took man & put him in the Garden of Eden to work it & to keep it.

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Celebrating The Earth's Beauty - 16C Goddess Flora, Goddess of Flowers

Francesco Melzi (fl. 1491-1570) - Flora

Summer is the perfect time to celebrate Earth's Beauty & Bounty.  Flowers gave beauty & inspiration to mankind's basic struggle to live & to populate & to protect his home-base, The Earth.  Holding on to The Sweet Divine - The Lord God took man & put him in the Garden of Eden to work it & to keep it.

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Celebrating The Earth's Beauty - 1580 Goddess Flora, Goddess of Flowers

1580 Dutch Personification of Flora

Summer is the perfect time to celebrate Earth's Beauty & Bounty.  Flowers gave beauty & inspiration to mankind's basic struggle to live & to populate & to protect his home-base, The Earth.  Holding on to The Sweet Divine - The Lord God took man & put him in the Garden of Eden to work it & to keep it.

Friday, June 21, 2019

Celebrating The Earth's Beauty - 1697 Goddess Flora, Goddess of Flowers

Luca Giordano & Andrea Belvedere, Flora, Goddess of Flowers, Ca. 1697

Summer is the perfect time to celebrate Earth's Beauty & Bounty.  Flowers gave beauty & inspiration to mankind's basic struggle to live & to populate & to protect his home-base, The Earth.  Holding on to The Sweet Divine - The Lord God took man & put him in the Garden of Eden to work it & to keep it.

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston tells us that "In ancient mythology, there was a god & goddess for everything; anything from the generic deity above all others to love to home life...One mythology painting is from the collection of the Museo Nacional del Prado in Spain. The Goddess Flora (La Diosa Flora), Luca Giordano & Andrea Belvedere, c. 1697... 

"Luca Giordano was considered a very popular Spanish painter within the Spanish court under Charles II. While, Andrea Belvedere, who lived in Spain from c. 1694 to c. 1700 was believed to be called from his home in Naples, Italy, by Giordano himself, to paint for the Spanish court. The work is supposedly one of several collaborations between Giordano (who painted the goddess Flora & the seated women) & Belvedere (who executed all the intricate flowers)...


"The Goddess Flora...depicts the goddess sitting on a raised throne surrounded by 4 women, with whom she shares various, colorful flowers. These are taken from a massive, overflowing cornucopia in her left arm...


"All 5 women are dressed mostly in “classical”clothing, but have touches of contemporary pieces...The maiden to Flora’s right wears a simple string of pearls around her neck; & another maiden has a pair of pearl, teardrop-shaped earrings on. Compared to the muted tones of the clothing of the 5 women, the flowers are vibrantly painted & dominate the color scheme of the whole piece...The flowers easily show us the contrasts in the styles of Giordano & Belvedere.


"The 4 women, whose dresses are of completely different colors, together as a group may, in theory, represent the “Four Seasons”. The woman on the right of Flora wears a garland of flowers in her hair & another woman, to Flora’s left, gathers a rather large bundle of flowers. They easily could represent Spring & Summer. Yet another woman is in a rust-colored dress...would be Autumn. Finally, the last woman with no flowers could be Winter.


"Paintings like this were a favorite subject of art commissioned for royalty all over the world, as a passion for the story; as much as, the use of that myth to elevate themselves as divinely-appointed rulers..."


Posted 13th February 2013 by Christopher M. Hammel
The "Unofficial" Blog of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Thursday, June 20, 2019

1616 Spring to Summer- Locus amoenus, Allegories by Jan Brueghel the Elder 1568-1625 & Hendrick van Balen 1575-1632

Jan Brueghel the Elder 1568-1625 & Hendrick van Balen 1575-1632 Spring, 1616

As in these paintings, allegorical characters in stories & in art of this period were often located in garden settings. The locus amoenus was one of the traditional locations of epic & chivalric literature. As a literary genre of high culture, romance or chivalric romance is a type of prose & verse narrative that was popular in the aristocratic circles of Medieval & Early Modern Europe. Holding on to The Sweet Divine - The Lord God took man & put him in the Garden of Eden to work it & to keep it.

Locus amoenus (Latin for "pleasant place") is a literary term which generally referring to an idealized place of safety or comfort, usually a beautiful, shady parkland or open woods, sometimes with connotations of Eden. A locus amoenus usually has 3 basic elements: trees, grass, & water.

Often, the locus amoenus garden will be in a remote setting & with only components or suggestions of a more formal, geometric, walled garden, such as the flower pots seen above. The locus amoenus can also be used to highlight the differences between urban & rural life or be a place of refuge from the processes of time & mortality. In some works, such gardens also have overtones of the regenerative powers of human sexuality marked out by flowers, & goddesses of springtime, love, & fertility. Ernst Robert Curtius formulated the concept's definition in his European Literature & the Latin Middle Ages (1953).
Jan Brueghel the Elder 1568-1625 & Hendrick van Balen 1575-1632 Summer, 1616

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Even Big Dogs & Cats take Time to Stop & Smell the Flowers

Even Big Dogs & Cats can Appreciate the Flowers - Ulysses Aldrovandus, De Quadripedibus Aldrovandus(1522-1605) Bellicosus Anglicus—Latin meaning “English war dog,” a term for mastiffs

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

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Wednesday, June 5, 2019

17C Spring Woman

Jean Leblond 1605-1666 La Bavolette; Jean Leblond I (Published by); François Ragot (Print made by); Young woman holding flowers in left hand.

Sunday, June 2, 2019

18C Allegory of Spring - Love & Bird Nests

1800 Spring by P Stampa published in London

This couple is in a garden with flowers in bloom & a cold frame on the right side. The man is picking a rose to add to the bunch he holds, while looking back at the woman, who carries a parasol. A boy shows passes a birds' nest to a little girl who holds out her apron.  In the background are men in a hay-field.

Saturday, June 1, 2019

SPRING 1670s Personification

Female personification of Spring, seated, garlands of flowers on head and body, holding bunch of flowers, one hand on infant similarly draped in flowers; large vase with flowers on wall to right; a garden fountain. Unknown artist.  Sold by P Van Somer, 1674-1694 London.