BRAY, Dirck de
(active 1651-1678 in Haarlem)
Still-Life with Symbols of the Virgin Mary1672
Oil on panel, 37 x 31 cm
Amstelkring Museum, Amsterdam
This panel is one of the ten still-lifes painted by Dirck de Bray. Some of these still-lifes have a Catholic explanation. This painting depicts a combination of symbols representing the Virgin Mary: the rose, rosary and rosemary (whose name derives from the Virgin), the thurible and the crown.
This Catholic interpretation is far from odd: Dirck de Bray belonged to a Catholic family of artists.