VEERENDAEL, Nicolaes van
(b. 1640, Antwerpen, d. 1691, Antwerpen)

Flower Still-Life

1675-80
Oil on canvas, 56 x 43 cm
Private collection

Veerendael was one of the most important flower painters active in Antwerp during the second half of the 17th century. His paintings show a remarkable attention to detail and the artist was much admired for this even in his own day. This painting represents a still-life of variegated tulips, a rose, carnation, an iris and other flowers in a glass vase, resting on a stone ledge draped with a cloth, together with a butterfly.

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