Crouching Flora

Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux French

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 552

Carpeaux’s first important public commission was to embellish the attic exterior of the Louvre’s Pavillon de Flore with a high relief of the Triumph of Flora, personifying the benefits of the goddess’s realm over spring and plants, and by implication, the benefits of life under the regime of the Second Empire. Numerous clay models of nubile young women led up to the final configuration in limestone.

Crouching Flora, Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux (French, Valenciennes 1827–1875 Courbevoie), Terracotta, French, Paris

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