DÍAZ, Diego Valentín
(b. 1586, Valladolid, d. 1680, Valladolid)

Vase of Flowers

c. 1650
Oil on canvas, 47 x 40 cm
Museo Diocesano y Catedralicio, Valladolid

Diego Valentin Díaz enjoyed a great local reputation as a painter of religious subjects in his native city of Valladolid. The pair of charming flower paintings in the Museo Diocesano y Catedralicio in the Cathedral of Valladolid are the best-known paintings of this type by him. His large collection included a number of prints of flower pieces, which the artist may have used as sources for paintings. His testament also mentioned a still-life painting of sweetmeats by Juan van der Hamen in his possession, reflecting his interest in the works of artists at the court of Madrid.

Suggested listening (streaming mp3, 7 minutes):
Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, ballet suite, op. 71, Waltz of the Flowers