Class [controlled]: paintings European art
*Work Type [link to authority]: painting
*Title: Vase of Flowers Title Type: repository
*Creator Display: Jan van Huysum (Dutch, 1682-1749)
*Role [link]: painter [link]: Huysem, Jan van
*Creation Date: 1722 [controlled]: Earliest: 1722 Latest: 1722
*Subject [links]: still life flowers urn ledge crown of thorns plant tulips roses bird’s nest insects beauty transience life death senses Vanitas Passion of Christ
Style [link to authority]: Rococo
Culture [link]: Dutch
*Current Location [link to authority]: J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles, California, USA) ID: 82.PB.70
*Measurements: 79 x 61 cm (31 1/4 x 24 inches)
[controlled]: Value: 79 Unit: cm Type: height | Value: 61 Unit: cm Type: width
*Materials and Techniques: oil on panel
Material [links]: oil paint panel (wood) Technique [links]: painting
Description: The subject is a still life of flowers spilling onto a ledge, some decaying and being eaten by insects. It represents the senses of sight and smell; the decay and broken stems symbolize the transient nature of life, youth, and beauty; the ledge pushed up to the picture plane resembles the ledge seen in posthumous portraits, thus symbolizing death. The crown of thorns flower at the top symbolizes the Passion of Christ.
Description Sources [link to authority]: J. Paul Getty Museum. Handbook of the Collections. Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1991. Page: 115
J. Paul Getty Museum online. www.getty.edu Page: accessed 15 October 2006
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