About this artwork

This extravagant bouquet is made up of flowers from different seasons including different varieties of tulips and roses, and is also inhabited by butterflies and other insects. Jan van Huysum was the leading Dutch painter of flower-pieces in the eighteenth century. He received prestigious commissions from royal households and aristocrats around Europe. This is his largest painting on copper, a support he only used occasionally. It once formed part of the famous Czernin collection in Vienna.

Updated before 2020

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  • artist:
  • title:
    Flower Still Life with Bird's Nest
  • date created:
    About 1718
  • materials:
    Oil on copper
  • measurements:
    80.10 x 61.40 cm; Framed: 105.30 x 87.00 x 10.00 cm
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Accepted by HM Government in lieu of Inheritance Tax and allocated to the Scottish National Gallery, 2013
  • accession number:
    NG 2868
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  • artwork photographed by:
    Antonia Reeve
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Jan van Huysum

Jan van Huysum

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