Florinda (painting)

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Franz Xaver Winterhalter Florinda.jpg
ArtistFranz Xaver Winterhalter
MediumOil on canvas
Dimensions178.4 cm × 245.7 cm (70.2 in × 96.7 in)
LocationMetropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Florinda is an oil on canvas painting by a German painter and lithographer Franz Xaver Winterhalter. It was completed in 1853 and is now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.[1][2]

The picture depicts the legend of King Roderic of Spain spying on Florinda la Cava and the other palace girls while they bathe in a garden in Toledo, in order to decide the fairest. After Roderic selects and courts Florinda, her father takes revenge by inviting the Moors to invade and conquer Spain. A replica of the painting was given to Prince Albert by Queen Victoria in 1852 and is displayed at Osbourne House[3].

The painting is not on view.


  1. ^ The Letters of William Cullen Bryant: 1809-1836 By William Cullen Bryant, ISBN 0-8232-0997-0
  2. ^ "Florinda". Metropolitan Museum of Art. Retrieved 17 October 2018.
  3. ^ "Florinda Signed and dated 1852". Royal Collections Trust. Retrieved 24 May 2019.