Vase of Flowers
Jan Davidszoon de Heem - circa 1660
1600 x 2005 • 1326 KB
Still life painting, although known since ancient times, was raised by Dutch seventeenth-century painters as a major art form. Here, exotic tulips, a Dutch speciality for centuries, have been grouped with a profusion of other flowers, leaves and grasses to form an exquisite microcosm of the beauties in everyday nature. Among the dew-covered plants are seventeen insects and other living creatures. The technique of painting in oils, which was discovered and developed in the Netherlands more than two centuries earlier, reaches its ultimate perfection in paintings such as this.
Owner/Location: National Gallery of Art - Washington DC  (United States - Washington)
Dates: circa 1660
Artist age:Approximately 54 years old.
Dimensions: Height: 69.6 cm (27.4 in.), Width: 56.5 cm (22.24 in.)
Medium: Painting - oil on canvas
Entered by: Member Josselin on 11 September 2013.
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