Still Life with Bouquet of Flowers, Jan Brueghel the Elder;  workshop
Jan Brueghel the Elder
Still Life with Bouquet of Flowers
Back to top

Jan Brueghel the Elder workshop

Still Life with Bouquet of Flowers, ca. 1610 – 1625

22.6 x 18.4 cm
Physical Description
Oil on copper
Inventory Number
Acquired in 1892 as bequest by Moritz Gontard
Not on display


About the Work

This painting by Jan Brueghel the Elder shows flowers and plants which bloom at different times of the year. The various elements seen are mostly religious symbols: the butterfly could represent the Resurrection of Christ because of its pupation phase. The sprigs of rosemary and forget-me-not symbolise loyalty and constancy. The tulip was very popular as a subject, not only because of its exotic shade of blue, but also because of its intrinsic value: tulip bulbs were expensive objects of speculation in the Netherlands at that time.

About the Acquisition

The merchant and art collector Moritz von Gontard was chairman of the administrative committee of the Städelsches Kunstinstitut for a long time until his death. Gontard made a gift to the museum on two occasions: once for the opening of the new building in Schaumainkai, completed in 1878, which he took as an opportunity to present the museum with Lucas Cranach's 'Venus'. Eight years later Moritz von Gontard died and bequeathed thirty-three Dutch and Flemish Baroque paintings to the Städel.

Work Data

Work Content

Similar works

  • All

More to discover


Do you have any suggestions, questions or information about this work?

Last update