The fashion for flowers did not stand still and a new trend appeared in the painting – portraits and scenes in flower garlands
Over time, the idea of ”vanitas” penetrated into the flower still life, suggested by the transience of the flower itself. And in the festoons framing various gospel scenes representing Christ, Madonna or saints, the flowers were endowed with religious meaning. Such works are usually intended to decorate Catholic churches.
On the canvas from the ASG Large Collection of Fine Arts “Bearing the Cross” by Italian artist Giovanni Stanci, on the left, Jesus Christ is depicted, crouching under the weight of his burden, and on the right is knee-down Veronica, wiping the sweat from his face with his handkerchief, on which the face of Christ miraculously imprinted . This scene is enclosed in an octagon, framed by a variety of flowers, among which are roses, irises, loaches, daffodils, tulips, lilies, sunflowers, poppies, anemones. The latter, by the way, appeared in Europe in the 17th century. There was even a special sign – if you attach an anemone flower to clothes, it will save you from all sorts of ills and ills.
The ASG Grand Collection of Fine Arts stores the painting of the Flemish painter Frans Aikens “The Virgin with the Baby”. In the center is the Virgin Mary, in whose arms is the infant Christ. In the left part there is an angel crowning Jesus with a wreath of flowers. The oval composition is framed by a wreath of flowers and fruits. The modern viewer again has an excellent opportunity to admire the vintage variety of roses depicted at the top of the picture. At the bottom of the same various fruits: apples, pears, peaches, apricots, plums, lemon, grapes, cherries, figs.
The ASG Grand Collection of Fine Arts contains the “Woman’s Portrait in a Flower Garland” of a 17th-century Flemish school. The canvas depicts a woman in a dark low-cut dress that props her head with her hand. In the background – the landscape. The portrait is enclosed in an oval flower garland, which depicts antique roses.