SPELT, Adrian van der
(b. ca. 1630, Leiden, d. 1673, Gouda)

Flower Still-Life with Curtain

Oil on wood, 46,5 x 63,9 cm
Art Institute, Chicago

Optical illusionistic effects were intended by a number of 17th-century Dutch still-life painters with their "paintings of paintings", where a curtain, draped aside, seems to be hanging in front of a painting. This genre of still-life was known as a "bedriegertje" (little trickster).

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