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Spanish iris, morning glory, and cherries

Georg Flegel1630

Kupferstichkabinett, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

Kupferstichkabinett, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
Berlin, Germany

The reflected light of a window gleams on the cherries. The draughtsman’s artistic instinct transforms the objects' disunity into the mute network of interrelations of a still life. Only 79 of the 110 similar sheets in Berlin survived the war. This stock of drawings provided the still-life painter Flegel with an invaluable supply of sources for his paintings; it surely also served as a collection of samples for his clients. The artist likely felt himself to be a distant descendant of Dürer, who was renowned as the first to have observed and faithfully represented the world.

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  • Title: Spanish iris, morning glory, and cherries
  • Creator: Georg Flegel
  • Date: 1630
  • Physical Dimensions: w17 x h23.3 cm
  • Type: Paper
  • Medium: Watercolour and gouache with white highlights on paper; slight traces of black chalk; several paint stains
  • Inv.-No.: KdZ 7549
  • ISIL no.: DE-MUS-018511
  • External Link: Kupferstichkabinett, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
  • Copyright: Photo © bpk - Photo Agency / Kupferstichkabinett, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz / Jörg P. Anders │ Text © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz / Hans Mielke
  • Collection: Kupferstichkabinett, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz
  • Artist Place of Death: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
  • Artist Place of Birth: Olomouc, Czechia
  • Artist Gender: Male
  • Artist Dates: 1566 - 1638.03.23

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