From 1600 on, painting flowers developed into a separate category of still life. Jan Breughel is one of the main representatives of this genre, with sixteen paintings of this kind attributed to him. The “Flowers in a Wooden Vessel” – one of the most famous depictions of flowers ever created – is not a reflection of a real bouquet, resembling instead an encyclopaedic panorama of rare species. Art and scientific curiosity are combined in this highly meticulous, virtuosic reproduction of 130 different flowers.
Overall: 97,5 cm × 73 cm
Framed: 124 cm × 99 cm × 6 cm
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Gemäldegalerie
Coll. Leopold Wilhelm
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