Still Life with Bouquet of Flowers, Jacob van Walscapelle
Jacob van Walscapelle
Still Life with Bouquet of Flowers
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Jacob van Walscapelle

Still Life with Bouquet of Flowers, 1677

71.0 x 58.0 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
Acquired in 1817 as a bequest from Johann Georg Grambs
On display, 2nd upper level, Old Masters, room 8


About the Work

Jacob van Walscapelle has arranged a luxuriant bouquet of flowers and a selection of fruits on a stone pedestal. We recognise the transience of nature in the wide-open blossoms and overripe fruits. A swarm of insects is accelerating the process of decay by sucking at them. By contrast, the stone vase with its mythological decor dating from antiquity is intended to represent the permanence of human artistic skills. But even this does not last forever, as the cracks and traces of age on the stone pedestal show as a symbol of transience.

Work Data

Basic Information

Still Life with Bouquet of Flowers
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert und datiert unten rechts: Jacob van Walscapelle. 1677.

Property and Acquisition

Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
Public Domain
Acquired in 1817 as a bequest from Johann Georg Grambs

Work Content

Motifs and References

Main Motif
Persons Shown
Associated Persons and Institutions


  • 41A671 still life of plants, flowers and fruit
  • 41A6711 flowers in a vase

Research and Discussion


Object History
Johann Georg Grambs (Städel-Administrator
1756-1817), Frankfurt am Main
Vermächtnis an das Städelsche Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt am Main, 1817.


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