Botan­ica

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This 17th-cen­tury still life of flow­ers is still ut­terly cap­ti­vat­ing.

Alux­u­ri­ant mix of roses, tulips, car­na­tions, hon­ey­suckle and hy­drangeas glow against vel­vety black in this still life painted by Dutch mas­ter Jan Davidsz de Heem (1606–1684). Aptly ti­tled Still Life with Flow­ers in a Glass Vase, the oil on cop­per work (54.5x36.5cm) is typ­i­cal of de Heem, who was famed for his vir­tu­osic stud­ies of flow­ers. It epit­o­mises the fo­cus of 17th-cen­tury Dutch artists: cap­tur­ing beauty in the every­day. Look closely enough and you can see in­sects clam­ber­ing over the flow­ers, a dis­coloured petal and droplets of wa­ter. This is just one of 78 works ap­pear­ing in Rem­brandt and the Dutch Golden Age: Mas­ter­pieces from the Ri­jksmu­seum at the Art Gallery of NSW, Nov 11–Feb 18, 2018. High­lights in­clude paint­ings by Ver­meer, renowned for his quiet do­mes­tic scenes, and a room ded­i­cated to Rem­brandt, the ge­nius of the era. art­gallery.nsw.gov.au

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