The Birth of Cupid

Artist: Master of Flora (Italian, Fontainebleau, second half 16th century)

Medium: Oil on wood

Dimensions: Overall 42 1/2 x 51 3/8 in. (108 x 130.5 cm), including added strip of 3 1/2 in. (8.9 cm) at top

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1941

Accession Number: 41.48


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.