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Title Flower Piece
Collection Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery
Artist Attributed to Bimbi, Bartolomeo (Italian painter, 1648-1729)
Date Earliest about 1700
Date Latest about 1700
Description 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.
Current Accession Number K5881
Former Accession Number CMAG.1999.0019
Subject still life (flowers)
Measurements 98.4 x 73.5 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by Mrs C. R. D. Tussaud 1999.
Notes Donated together with another similar painting (K5882). The paintings are not considered a true pair as their period frames are slightly different in size and the light enters in the same direction in both pictures.
Rights Owner Bristol's Museums, Galleries & Archives
Author Dr Susan Steer

 

 

 

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