French painter Claude Vignon was much in demand, particularly at the Paris court of Louis XIII and in ecclesiastical circles.

As the personification of spring, Flora is the synonym of youth, joie de vivre, abundance, wealth and fertility. Vignon presents the ancient Roman goddess as a decorative showpiece with an air of elegant sensuousness. Framed by two hanging garlands of fruit and flowers with ripe fruits and glorious open blooms, and wearing a wreath of flowers, Flora, in her flawless youthfulness, gazes straight at the viewer. For the Greeks, the lily in her right hand was also a symbol of beauty and love, and the burning torch signified time.


  • Title: Flora
  • Creator: Vignon Claude (1593–1670)
  • Physical Dimensions: w76.5 x h89.4 cm (without frame)
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Residenzgalerie Salzburg, Image Fotostudio Ghezzi, Oberalm
  • Medium: Oil on Canvas

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