This lavishly illustrated book provides an overview of all known Dutch and Flemish artists up to the nineteenth century, who painted or drew flower pieces, or else made prints of them. In cases where only a single example is known, or even if nothing of their work appears to have survived, it is included or mentioned in this book. This comprehensive approach differs, therefore, from mainstream art historical studies, which almost always deal primarily with famous artists and well-known works of art. The flower pieces in this book can be found in the care of museums, in the hands of art dealers and in the possession of private collectors. The aim is to show at least one image by as many artists as possible. Particularly noteworthy and useful are the many lists identifying the names of flowers, insects and other animals, which are provided for choice examples of flower pieces as case studies of work by particular artists. Other themes covered in this scholarly monograph include discussions on the earliest depictions of the flower still life, the distinctive characteristics behind the development of floral arrangements during different periods, including the variation of the flowers, the variety of techniques employed by artists, as well as an examination of the symbolism behind the numerous plant and animal species portrayed.
Complementing the growing list of editions and translations which have appeared in the series
Aristoteles Semitico-Latinus, this is the first critical edition of Adam of Bockenfield’s commentary on the pseudo-Aristotelian treatise on plants. The leading Arts master at Oxford in the middle decades of the thirteenth century, Adam crafted a comprehensive and highly organized commentary, which enjoyed wide circulation on the continent. Professor Long’s introduction also explores the relationship between Adam’s commentary and the gloss that was the established classroom text at Oxford.