Ambrosius Bosschaert / Flowers in a Glass / 1606Ambrosius Bosschaert
Flowers in a Glass

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Creator Name: Bosschaert, Ambrosius
Creator Nationality: European; Dutch
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1573 - 1621
Gender: M
Creator Birth Place: Antwerp
Creator Name-CRT: Ambrosius Bosschaert
Title: Flowers in a Glass
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1606
Creation End Date: 1606
Creation Date: 1606
Object Type: Paintings
Materials and Techniques: Oil on copper
Dimensions: Framed: 60.3cm x 52.8cm x 6.4cm, Unframed: 35.6cm x 29.3cm
Inscriptions: Signed lower left: "AB 1606. [AB ligated]"
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1960.108
Credit Line: Gift of Carrie Moss Halle in memory of Salmon Portland Halle
Provenance: Salmon Halle, Cleveland (by 1949)
Context: One of the first artists to specialize in flower painting, Bosschaert depicted flowers with a fine technique that seems almost devoid of individual brushstrokes. His precision is also a result of the painting's copper support. When applied to the white ground typically used to coat a copper plate, oil paint takes on an enamel-like quality.Placed in a simple studded glass, the principal flowers of this bouquet are tulips, each carefully silhouetted so that their individual features could be portrayed. The anchor of this carefully arranged composition is the spider lily (hymenocallis) in the lower center, accompanied by two yellow crocuses. Butterflies, other insects, and snails enliven this still life. Bosschaert worked in the town of Middelburg, where he had access to several botanical gardens and scientific collections of natural specimens. He was also an art dealer, who traded with Antwerp, Frankfurt, London, and Ireland.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1960.108
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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