Dutch Old Master after Bosschaert (Tulip)

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After Dutch Old Master Artist Bosschaert, A varied bouquet, consisting of a columbine, tulips and a peony, has been neatly arranged in a small Wan-Li vase. The bright colours of the petals stand out against the dark background. A tulip and a cyclamen are lying beside the vase. There are insects on some of the flowers. Bosschaert's reasons for painting this bouquet were not solely aesthetic. Flame tulips were highly exotic in the seventeenth century, and therefore very costly. Bosschaert's depiction of flowers infested with vermin may well have been intended as a vanita and is related to the word vanity and to transience. The term refers to the opening verse of Ecclesiastes in the Latin Bible 'Vanitas vanitatum, omnia vanitas': vanity of vanities, all is vanity. Seventeenth-century Dutch paintings often feature symbols of transience, especially still lifes. Skulls, hourglasses, extinguished candles and similar elements refer to the evanescence of existence. Vanitas paintings are intended to remind the viewer of how short life is and that it should be lived with due regard to God's laws. painting, referring to the transience of beauty and wealth.

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