Still Life with a Vase of Flowers and a Dead Frog, Jacob Marrel, 1634

Still Life with a Vase of Flowers and a Dead Frog, Jacob Marrel, 1634

oil on panel, h 40.3cm × w 31cm More details

Jacob Marrel’s specialized in ‘portraits’ of tulips in bloom. Tulip bulbs were collected fanatically in 17th-century Holland, and astronomical prices were sometimes paid for a single bulb. In this painting as well, tulips play a leading role. The whimsically shaped red-and-white and red-and-yellow striped tulips were especially prized. Although nature creates them, it also lets them wither and die – just like the dead frog at the right.

On display in room 2.6

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