- Reference number
- Hamen y León, Juan van der (Spanish)
- Offering to Flora
- 216 cm x 140 cm
- On display
- Legacy of the Count of la Cimera, Count of Vilches, 1944
A lady seated in a garden is handed a basket of roses by a boy. The profusion of flowers around her and the crown on her head, as well as her location in a courtly garden with a statue in the background, identify the painting as an allegory of the goddess, Flora.
This work is related to a series of similar compositions made by van der Hamen during the sixteen twenties. Some of these are allegories of the different seasons or narrations of mythological scenes, making him more that a mere still-life painter. His capacity to render figures is revealed in this painting, as is his compositional capacity, visible in the perspective of the hedges. All of these characteristics round out his well-known meticulousness when painting flowers, which can be seen in the marvelous group in the foreground.
This work, which was present in the collection of the Count of Solre in 1638, exemplifies a kind of painting highly coveted at that time by aristocrats in Madrid, making van der Hamen one of the most notable artists at the court of Felipe IV.