The profuse arrangement of flowers is set on a plinth with a relief of an eagle with a ring in its beak, which is possibly a heraldic symbol. Flower paintings were highly appreciated in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Although flower paintings sometimes referred to the ephemerality of life, the blooms could also represent luxury, because flower gardens were the preserve of the wealthy. The painting is tentatively associated with the Florentine artist Bartolomeo Bimbi, whose flower paintings are considered the most characteristic part of his work.
Where to see this painting?
Bristol Museum and Art Gallery
Queens Road, Bristol, Bristol, England, BS8 1RL
If you are planning a visit to see this painting, check with the collection first. Paintings can be moved at short notice.