BRUEGHEL, Jan the Elder
(b. ca. 1568, Brussel, d. 1625, Antwerpen)

Flowers in a Vase

Oil on panel, 101 x 76 cm
Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Antwerp

Still life in the 17th century, be it a floral composition, a 'pronkstuk' (or sumptuous still life) or a representation of the vanitas theme, is invariably opulent, ingenious and moralistic. Jan 'Velvet' Breughel's Flowers in a Vase bloom in different seasons, are arranged hierarchically in a rich bouquet, and refer in all their beauty to the transience of life.