Spring in the guise of Flora (one of a pair), Pietro Bernini (Italian, 1562–1629), Marble, Italian, Rome

Spring in the guise of Flora (one of a pair)

Pietro Bernini (Italian, 1562–1629)
Assisted by Gian Lorenzo Bernini (Italian, Naples 1598–1680 Rome)
Italian, Rome
Overall (confirmed): 89 1/8 × 34 3/8 × 27 1/2 in., 2507 lb. (226.4 × 87.3 × 69.9 cm, 1137.2 kg);
Pedestal, confirmed: 42 1/2 × 30 × 30 in., 2719 lb. (108 × 76.2 × 76.2 cm, 1233.3 kg)
Credit Line:
Purchase, The Annenberg Foundation Gift, 1990
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 534
The two terms were made in 1616 by Pietro Bernini (1562–1629) with the assistance of his more famous son, the sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598–1680), for Cardinal Scipione Borghese. Each consisting of a half-body merging into a tapering pedestal, they originally stood in the gardens of the Villa Borghese in Rome, at the entrance to the cardinal's Vigna di Porta Pinciana. Appropriately laden with fruits and flowers, the Flora and Priapus (see 1990.53.2), carved in an energetic, rustic fashion, symbolize the abundance of nature in spring and autumn.
Delivered to Cardinal Scipione Borghese for his gardens at the Villa Borghese, Rome (1617–d. 1633) ; subsequent owners of the Villa Borghese, Rome (until 1891) ; presumably bought in Rome by Luther Kountze for his estate in Morristown, New Jersey (probably 1891–d. 1918) ; by descent to his son William de Lancey Kountze ; and Martha Kountze , estate at Morristown (1918–his death in 1925) ; Order of Saint Benedict of New Jersey, Saint Mary's Abbey–Delbarton School , Morristown (1925–90; sold to MMA)