The Feast of Flora is a wonderful painting by the artist Georg Platzer who loved from 1704 to 1761. This picture is unusual because it is painted in oil onto a copper plate.
That makes it very hard to photograph because the painting is highly reflective, but it also gives it a great luminosity which is wonderful to see.
Platzer was born to a family of painters who lived in the South Tyrol, and he studied in Vienna where he became influenced by the Hapsburgh collections. Because of this Platzer chose to remain living and working in Vienna and he specialised in painting on copper plates.
This is a photo of a photo of the painting. It doesn't do it justice, but you can see more of the detail of the wonderful work.
Copper plates were used for book printing and engraving, but became a popular surface for painting on in the early seventeen century due to their very smooth surface, rigidity and durability.
Plazters works were unusually large for this medium, paintings on copper panels were usually very small cabinet pieces. This wonderful painting is though about 55 x 75 cm's which is quite large.
Here you can see the whole painting, although the reflections prevent you from seeing much of the detail.
This painting is currently on display at Basildon Park as part of the At Home With Art Exhibition which shows some of the collection of Sir Brinsley Ford.
I am linking this post with Barbara at Coastal Ripples for Paint Monthly.