Rachel Ruysch, Floral Still Life, 1700

This could be a symbolism of national pride; the dutch were exporters of beautiful flowers 
represents a subgenre of still life painting that was very popular – flower painting  
Ruysch takes artistic liberties with the flowers; some of the flowers don’t bloom all year, and some don’t even come from this region
Also has a hint of memento mori (reminder of death); some of the flowers are wilting

Rachel Ruysch, Floral Still Life, 1700

  • This could be a symbolism of national pride; the dutch were exporters of beautiful flowers 
  • represents a subgenre of still life painting that was very popular – flower painting  
  • Ruysch takes artistic liberties with the flowers; some of the flowers don’t bloom all year, and some don’t even come from this region
  • Also has a hint of memento mori (reminder of death); some of the flowers are wilting
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during my first ever survey of western art class, my professor explained the difference between historians and art historians. historians, she said, were interested in old things. art historians, on the other hand, were interested in old things of quality. you don't hang garbage up on the walls of a museum; it has to be substantial and it has to mean something. so here you go; old things, made mostly by dudes long dead, of debatable degrees of quality but always with a constant level of importance. think of this as a deck of flash cards... sans the whole cards part.