Room 17a

Northern Mannerism and Still-life Painting

Northern Mannerist painters depicted biblical and mythological subjects using dynamic compositions, virtuoso light effects, and idealised figures in contorted poses. One of the most sophisticated artists working in this genre was Joachim Wtewael. These richly detailed paintings, often set in lush landscapes, influenced the development of several genres at the turn of the 17th century including still life, also featured in this room.

Once still life developed into an independent genre, several subspecialities emerged. Ambrosius Bosschaert excelled at painting lavish bouquets bursting with an array of exotic species; the detailed realism of each individual flower masks the conceit that they were not in bloom during the same season. Collectors delighted in such fictional flower arrangements and paid high sums for them. Other favourite subspecialities were fish and dead game, examples of which are also shown here.

Paintings in this room

Still Life with Fish and Cat
Still Life with Fish and Cat
Alexander Adriaenssen the Elder
Pan pursuing Syrinx
Pan pursuing Syrinx
Hendrick van Balen the Elder and Follower of Jan Brueghel the Elder
A Still Life of Flowers in a Wan-Li Vase
A Still Life of Flowers in a Wan-Li Vase
Ambrosius Bosschaert the Elder
Flowers in a Glass Vase
Flowers in a Glass Vase
Ambrosius Bosschaert the Elder
Flowers in a Glass
Flowers in a Glass
Roelandt Savery
Orpheus
Orpheus
Roelandt Savery
Autumn
Autumn
David Teniers the Younger
Spring
Spring
David Teniers the Younger
Summer
Summer
David Teniers the Younger
Winter
Winter
David Teniers the Younger
The Judgement of Paris
The Judgement of Paris
Joachim Wtewael

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