AST, Balthasar van der
(b. 1594, Middelburg, d. 1657, Delft)
Still-Life with Apple Blossoms1635
Oil on oak, 22 x 39 cm
Staatliche Museen, Berlin
Still-life paintings were popular in Dutch art and began to emerge as a genre in their own right during the 16th century. Despite their popularity with the general public, art academies of the period did not regard them as highly as landscape or religious paintings.