Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Jan Davidsz. de Heem

Vase of Flowers, 1660, part of Baron Lionel Nathan de Rothschild collection. It was purchased by the National Gallery of Art in 1961

Still life with books and a violin, 1628, https://www.rijksmuseum.nl/nl/collectie/SK-A-2565
The Dutch painters of the 17th Century displayed a delight and skill in portraying flowers and items from "ordinary life" that has never been excelled. De Heem’s paintings also reflected the great interest in botany at that time, and this work includes exotic flowers and plants brought back from faraway places, such as the tulip, originally imported into Europe from Turkey in the 1550s.



1 comment:

Carla Ives said...

OMG, how could I have missed DeHeem in my study of Renaissance art? But I did. Those flowers are out of this world! The still lifes are quite good, too, but the flowers do it for me! Marvelous!!! Thank you for sharing him!