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Bouquet of Flowers in a Glass Vase by Ambrosius Bosschaert, the Elder detail, johnny-jump-up detail, a butterfly alights on a stem of cyclamen detail, lily of the valley and forget-me-not detail, blue-and-white columbine detail, rose detail, grape hyacinth with fritileria behind detail, yellow iris detail, striped tulip Ambrosius Bosschaert the Elder, Bouquet of Flowers in a Glass Vase, 1621, oil on copper, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Patrons Permanent Fund and New Century Fund 1996.35.1



Bosschaert's style is astonishingly precise. He paints each bloom as though it were a portrait, applying the paint so carefully that every trace of brushwork disappears. His paintings are composed from careful studies of individual flowers. This empirical approach stemmed from the enthusiasm for botany in the early seventeenth century, when scientists were identifying and classifying thousands of newly discovered plant species.

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