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Full title Bouquet in a Clay Vase
Artist Jan Brueghel the Elder
Artist dates 1568 - 1625
Date made about 1609
Medium and support Oil on wood
Dimensions 56 × 42 cm
Acquisition credit On loan from the collection of Janice and Brian Capstick
Inventory number L1253
Location Room 17a
Image copyright On loan from the collection of Janice and Brian Capstick
Bouquet in a Clay Vase
Jan Brueghel the Elder

Jan Brueghel the Elder is seen as the founding father of the genre of flower still lifes, in which flowers are not merely decorative or allegorical accessories but the sole focus of the painting. This major example of Brueghel’s pioneering still lives shows an impressive bouquet from a high viewpoint to make sure that all the carefully rendered flowers and insects are clearly visible.

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