Bosschaert Bouquet in an Arched Window Mousepad
Exquisite in detail, this glorious bouquet is perched in an arched window with a sublime view behind. I love the little caterpillar and the mayfly, and the tiny bee. Seashells also sit in the niche, one a perfect murax. The more you look, the more tiny details you notice.
Palette drawn from the flowers beloved of the Dutch in the 16th and 17th centuries. There are Rembrandt tulips, roses, Dutch iris, daffodils, narcissus, pinks, cosmos, marigolds and more.
Inside left is a verse from the same period by Pierre de Ronsard (1524-1585). The faint floral pattern on the inside pages also dates from the period.
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About the original work of art:
Artist: Bosschaert, Ambrosius the Elder
Title: Bouquet in an Arched Window
Date: c. 1618
Period or Movement: Northern Renaissance
Medium and Support: Oil on panel, 64 x 46 cm
Location: Mauritshuis, The Hague
About the artist: Bosschaert (b. 1573, Antwerpen, d. 1621, Middleburg) was a Flemish flower and still-life painter, active mainly in the Netherlands, where he is recorded in Middelburg from 1593 to 1613 and later in the Utrecht Guild in 1616. Although he spent the major part of his life in the Netherlands, Bosschaert's style was basically Flemish - similar to that of Jan Brueghel, with whom he ranks in quality and as one of the pioneers of flower painting as an independent genre.
His bouquets have a rich variety of flowers from different seasons arranged in a formal way. The degree of finish and exactitude, and the subtlety of the colour, are exceptional. His Bouquet in an Arched Windowis one of the most reproduced of all flower pieces. Bosschaert may fairly be said to have initiated the Dutch tradition of flower painting and his style was continued by his three sons, Ambrosius the Younger, Abraham, and Johannes, and also by his brother-in-law, Balthasar van der Ast.