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Microcosms: An Examination Of Insects In 17th-Century Dutch Still Lifes, Olivia Carlson Jul 2019

Microcosms: An Examination Of Insects In 17th-Century Dutch Still Lifes, Olivia Carlson

Scholarly Horizons: University of Minnesota, Morris Undergraduate Journal

There are many 17th-century Dutch flower still life paintings, and if you pass by one quickly during a visit at a museum, you may see nothing more than a bouquet of arranged flowers. But if you stop at one and look long enough, you will find visual treats that would have been missed when only glancing at the piece. Maybe you’d see the careful composition, or perhaps a shell or a figurine. Most often, however, you will discover insects; some are hidden in the bouquet, and some are very prominently displayed on top of the flowers or on a ...