Tulips, those parabolas of rainbow hue, have an upbeat aura, evoking sparkling spring mornings, and perhaps suggesting new beginnings. Fascination with tulips is evidence of humankind’s ever-present passion for beauty in nature, and the sumptuous still life paintings by Maria van Oosterwijck (1630-1693) are no exception. The elegance and luminescence of her fiery flowers alone would set the work apart, but cleverly disguised allegorical admonitions are an intriguing embellishment.
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