Flowers in a Glass

1613, Roelandt Savery

On loan from a private collection, © Private collection 2000. Used by permission
This still life mixes flowers which bloom in the spring with summer flowers and herbs. The ornate wine glass in which they have been placed is known as a roemer and features characteristic tear-shaped blobs of glass. It stands on a narrow ledge flanked by a frog and a lizard. A dragonfly and several butterflies have alighted on the flowers.

Because the painting shows flowers which bloom at different times of the year, it cannot have been painted from life. Savery probably made drawings of individual flowers which he then combined.

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