RING, Ludger tom, the Younger
(b. 1522, Münster, d. 1583, Brunswick)
Oil on panel, 34 x 25 cm
This is one of the eight extant still-lifes by the artist, four of these are in a single museum, the Westfälischer Kunstverein in Münster. It is a still-life with wild roses, peonies and other flowers in a white earthenware vase. It is signed on the vase: RING.
Flowers had been depicted in art for centuries as part of larger compositions, but by the early 16th century they began to play a more prominent role, and instead of being shown wild in the fields, began to appear in interior scenes in vases and other containers. It is Ludger tom Ring the Younger who is credited with having made the first independent still-life with flowers in a container.