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untitled (bouquet of flowers in ornate vase, with insects)
  • Michiel Snyders
    born: Antwerp, Southern Netherlands (present-day Belgium) ; died: Antwerp, Southern Netherlands (present-day Belgium)
  • untitled (bouquet of flowers in ornate vase, with insects), 1612–1614
  • Where object was made: Southern Netherlands (present-day Belgium)
  • engraving
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 186 x 136 mm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 7 5/16 x 5 3/8 in
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 244 x 176 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 9 5/8 x 6 15/16 in
    Mat Dimensions: 14 x 11 in
  • Museum purchase: Gift of Lucy Shaw Schultz
  • Not on display
  • 2013.0205.06
Label Text
Catalogue raisonné

Exhibition Label:
"Big Botany: Conversations with the Plant World", 27-Mar-2018
These meticulously engraved and scientifically accurate prints show cut flowers, an increasingly popular subject for artistic representation at the time. By the middle of the 16th century the first-hand observation of specimens grown in botanical gardens or compiled in herbaria (collections of preserved flora) played an essential role in the study of plants, particularly of their medicinal properties. Botanical prints such as these exemplify this development and demonstrate the considerable overlap between the work of artists and botanists.