The composition celebrates the end of winter through the union of Flora, Roman goddess of spring, and Zephyr, god of wind. Despite a preponderance of view paintings, Venetian artists specializing in figures—including Amigoni, Sebastiano Ricci, and Giovanni Pellegrini—also achieved international repute and received commissions throughout Europe. Amigoni painted this work in England, where he lived between 1729 and 1739.
Use your arrow keys to navigate the tabs below, and your tab key to choose an item
Credit Line:Purchase, Rudolph and Lentilhon G. von Fluegge Foundation Inc. Gift, 1985
?Harding (by 1804–5; sale, Christie's, London, June 22–23, 1804, no. 64, as companion to no. 63, "Adonis going to the Chace", for £7.7, bought in; sale, Christie's, London, February 1–2, 1805, no. 78, as "Flora and Zephyr", for £5.15 to Sudeley); ?Charles Hanbury-Tracy, later 1st Baron Sudeley, Toddington Manor, Gloucestershire (from 1805); ?Mr. Parker's assignees (until 1835; sale, Christie's, London, July 4, 1835, no. 99, as "Flora and Zephyr, the companion picture" [companion to no. 98], by Amigoni, for £8 to Turner); the Ward-Boughton-Leigh family, Brownsover Hall, Rugby (until 1984; sale, Christie's, London, April 6, 1984, no. 15, as "Cupid and Psyche," for £97,200); [Leger Galleries, London, 1984–85; sold to The Met]
Venice. Museo del Settecento Veneziano-Ca' Rezzonico, Gallerie dell'Accademia and Palazzo Mocenigo. "Splendori del Settecento veneziano," May 26–July 30, 1995, no. 23.
Apollo 120 (October 1984), p. 13, ill. (color), in an advertisement for the Leger Galleries, calls it "Flora and Zephyr" and dates it about 1732.
Venetian Eighteenth-Century Painting. Exh. cat., Thos. Agnew & Sons Ltd. London, 1985, p. 6, under no. 1, refers to it as "Cupid and Psyche".
Keith Christiansen inThe Metropolitan Museum of Art: Notable Acquisitions, 1984–1985. New York, 1985, pp. 26–27, ill., notes the influence of Correggio and also mentions that the picture anticipates Boucher's mature Rococo style.
Leslie Hennessey. Letter to Keith Christiansen. June 20, 1985, dates it during Amigoni's stay in England (1729–39), about 1732, when he was also working at Moor Park.
Master Paintings: Recent Acquisitions. Exh. cat., Thos. Agnew and Sons Ltd. London, 1989, p. 4, under no. 1.
Important Paintings by Old Masters. Christie's, New York. January 11, 1991, p. 98, under no. 54.
Leger Galleries. Leger: A Century of Art Dealing, 1892–1992. London, 1992, pp. 24–25, ill. (color).
Annalisa Scarpa Sonino. Jacopo Amigoni. Soncino, 1994, pp. 80, 82, no. 11, ill. p. 83 (color), calls it and its pendant, Venus and Adonis (whereabouts unknown), typical of Amigoni's English period, comparing them with his Jupiter and Io made for Moor Park; discusses the subject, deciding that Flora and Zephyr is more likely than Cupid and Psyche.
Rodolfo Pallucchini. La pittura nel Veneto: il Settecento. Vol. 1, Milan, 1995, p. 113, colorpl. 161.
Giorgio Fossaluzza inSplendori del Settecento veneziano. Ed. Giovanna Nepi Sciré and Giandomenico Romanelli. Exh. cat., Ca' Rezzonico, Venice. Milan, 1995, p. 138, no. 23, ill. pp. 40 (detail) and 139 (color).
Katharine Baetjer. European Paintings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art by Artists Born Before 1865: A Summary Catalogue. New York, 1995, p. 84, ill.
Old Master Paintings / Evening. Sotheby's, London. December 5, 2007, p. 168, mentions it in the entry for another version of this subject by Amigoni; mistakenly implies that this picture's former pendant [see Notes] is also in the Metropolitan Museum's collection.
Important Old Master and 19th Century Paintings from the Collection of J. E. Safra. Sotheby's, New York. January 26, 2011, pp. 34, 36, fig. 1 (color), under no. 11, adds to the early provenance of the two pendants.
Old Master Paintings and Sculpture. Sotheby's, New York. January 26, 2012, p. 122, under no. 192.
Michel Delon, ed. The Libertine: The Art of Love in Eighteenth-Century France. New York, 2013, ill. p. 255 (color).
Maîtres anciens & du XIXe siècle: Tableaux, dessins, sculptures. Artcurial, Paris. November 9, 2022, p. 82, under no. 152, fig. 1 (color).
The pendant depicting Venus and Adonis (sold, Sotheby's, New York, January 26, 2011, no. 11) remained with the present picture until 1984, when the two works were sold by the Ward-Boughton-Leigh family.
Scarpa Sonino (1994) illustrates two additional versions of this subject by Amigoni, both in private collections (nos. 7 and 8). The artist also made an etching of the subject (The Illustrated Bartsch, Abaris Books, New York, vol. 47, 1983, p. 459, ill.).
The Met Collection API is where all makers, creators, researchers, and dreamers can connect to the most up-to-date data and public domain images for The Met collection. Open Access data and public domain images are available for unrestricted commercial and noncommercial use without permission or fee.
We continue to research and examine historical and cultural context for objects in The Met collection. If you have comments or questions about this object record, please complete and submit this form. The Museum looks forward to receiving your comments.