Flowers have always made for an enchanting subject in any form of art. In the 16th century, when flower bulbs were incredibly rare and expensive, the fashion was to create still life paintings that were heavy with allegory, colors, and loose, wild arrangements. A trademark of these paintings are the deep, dark backgrounds that emphasized the light and colors of the flowers in the center of the painting. Dutch still life paintings highlighted rare flowers, fruit, and other natural items showcasing an artists’ skill in handling light, nature, and depth.
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