SK-A-138

Jan Davidsz. de Heem, Festoon of Fruit and Flowers, 1660-1670, oil on canvas, h 74cm × w 60cm. SK-A-138. Rijksmuseum Amsterdam

In 1626 this Utrecht-born painter moved to Antwerp, where he became acquainted with sumptuous and colourful Flemish still-life painting. He combined this influence with his gift for rendering nature in minute detail. This is clear to see in this floral and fruit festoon: a highly decorative entity that is nevertheless meticulously detailed. All kinds of hungry insects populate this still life.

General, Qin dynasty, 221 - 206 BCE

Jan Davidsz. de Heem, Festoon of Fruit and Flowers, detail, 1660-1670, oil on canvas, h 74cm × w 60cm. SK-A-138. Rijksmuseum Amsterdam

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Jan Davidsz. de Heem, Festoon of Fruit and Flowers, detail, 1660-1670, oil on canvas, h 74cm × w 60cm. SK-A-138. Rijksmuseum Amsterdam

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Jan Davidsz. de Heem, Festoon of Fruit and Flowers, detail, 1660-1670, oil on canvas, h 74cm × w 60cm. SK-A-138. Rijksmuseum Amsterdam 

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Jan Davidsz. de Heem, Festoon of Fruit and Flowers, detail, 1660-1670, oil on canvas, h 74cm × w 60cm. SK-A-138. Rijksmuseum Amsterdam