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Artist: Ambrosius Bosschaert (I) (1573–1621)
Alternative names: Monogrammist AB
Dutch painter and art dealer
Work location: Middelburg (1593–1613), Amsterdam (1614), Bergen op Zoom (1615), Utrecht (1615–1619), Breda (1619), The Hague (1621)
Title: Still Life with a Vase of Flowers
Object type: Painting
Description: The floral still life emerged around 1600, reflecting the great interest of the period in botany. One of the pioneers was Bosschaert. His compositions, painted for royal cabinets of curiosities, represented idealised bouquets, bringing together plants from different seasons. Here, in a terracotta vase, we see illusionistically depicted blooms – both cultivated rarities and meadow flowers. The insects, like the flowers, symbolise the transitoriness of life. Individual plants recur in several paintings, showing that the artist worked partly from sketches or prints.
Medium: oil on wood
Dimensions: Height: 130.3 cm (51.3 in). Width: 85.5 cm (33.7 in).
Framed: Height: 141 cm (55.5 in). Width: 99 cm (39 in). Depth: 8 cm (3.1 in).
Inscriptions (Swedish): Signerad: A B. [i ligatur] 1620 [nere till höger]