A Glass with Flowers and Orange Branch

Mignon, Abraham (1640-1679) | Painter


These flowers in a glass vase on a stone tabletop are in full bloom. Painted with precise detail, they can be botanically identified as tulip, poppy, iris, rose, peony, carnation, viburnum and physalis. They remind us that their lifespan is short, as is also that of the insects, of the ripe orange and, by symbolic extension, of humans as well. The viewer is thereby exhorted to earn eternal life in the hereafter while still in the here and now.

Material & Technique
Oil on canvas
Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister
c. 1660/70
Inventory number
Gal.-Nr. 2017