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Flowers in a glass vase

by Jan Davidsz. de Heem

Dutch, 1606-1684

Oil on wooden panel

height 93.2 cm x width 69.6 cm


Jan Davidsz. de Heem (1606-84) was born in Utrecht, just south of Amsterdam in the Netherlands and became one of the most outstanding still-life painters of his time. He painted this in the 1660s when there was a growing interest in the natural world. His minutely painted floral arrangements are crawling with insects, which must have delighted and surprised the collectors for whom these paintings were intended; the more closely you look, the more creatures you see!

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