Flowers, Culture, and ARTISTIC liberty 

In this gallery by Michaela Carney, the pieces chosen are each of a different medium from paintings to sculpture. Between the ten unique and original works, 1,054 years are covered spanning the ages of 960 A.D. to 2014. From China and Japan to France and The Netherlands, the works are spread out amongst six different countries. While each piece may contain flowers, each shows how different cultures use different mediums of art to express the beauty found in such delicate organisms. 

Kesi tapestry woven with polychrome silk threads. This is from the Song Dynasty (960 A.D. to 1279 China). The artist chose peonies as the focus of the picture. It shows how Chinese culture favors tapestry and the simplicity of such beautiful flowers.
Oil on Canvas by Italian artist Giovanni Boltraffio. This was painted during the Renaissance in Northern Europe. It was a time of new thinking, a rebirth of Europe which stated in Italy. This picture represents the era and European way of painting perfectly with the rich colors of oil paint and the crown of flowers on her head.
Watercolor on Parchment by Flemish artist Joris Hoefnagel. He was most famous for his Illuminated Manuscripts (meaning a manuscript with borders and intricate pictures). This one has a lightly painted watercolor almond flower on it which represents the simplicity of the artist, the area, and the piece itself.
Oil on Panel by Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin; a French artist during the 18th Century most known for his still-life. While it was created during the end of the Baroque period going into the Neoclassical age, it represents more of the Renaissance age with the rich colors and attention to the still life setting of flowers hinting on the rebirth ideas.
Lacquer Ware tea caddy from the Edo period in Japan. This period was hard for the Japanese people. The piece captures the attention to detail they put into their art with the delicately crafted flowers. Being a tea caddy, it represents their culture of drinking tea and embracing nature with the design.
Gold and silver foil on paper. This technique of using gold and silver foil brings a certain texture to the piece which otherwise wouldn't be there. The ink used highlights the flowers, emphasizing their beauty and simplicity while showing even the simplest things are complicated.
Ink print on paper. Ink printing is a hard process and difficult to master well. This print is of Earthy tones that play off of the organic flowers.
Carved Marble sculpture by Miguel Blay a Spanish artist. The Spanish have many beautiful sculpture artists and many of their sculptures are of people holding items. This woman is holding some flowers while gazing off. The whole piece is organic and plays with how flowers are organic.
Pastel on Paper. This is a very modern picture of a cat sitting next to a vase of flowers with a window in the background. How cute?! The soft pastels are perfect for this picture because they relate to the softness of cats and the softness of flowers. The calming colors also add to the softness.
Ink on Paper. Zebras! Ink has properties that no other medium has. It is easy to use and easy to create with. While the zebras are just plain cool, the ink adds to the depths of the flowers.
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