The Birth of Cupid

Master of Flora Italian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 544

This painting appears to depict the birth of Cupid, with attendants ministering to his mother, Venus. The lively, decorative composition is typical of French artists working in the style developed by the Italians at the château de Fontainebleau, such as Rosso Fiorentino of Florence and Primaticcio and Niccolo dell Abate of Bologna. The frame is sixteenth-century Italian.

The Birth of Cupid, Master of Flora (Italian, Fontainebleau, second half 16th century), Oil on wood

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