(Click The Image; Then Click Again When It Reopens.) Look Carefully At The Petal Colors


Still life with flowers in a glass vase, Jan Davidsz. de Heem, 1650 - 1683. Click to enlarge. View in background and in the slide show below.

Still life with flowers in a glass vase, Jan Davidsz. de Heem, 1650 – 1683. Click to enlarge. View in background and in the slide show below.

There are 8 ants, 2 bees, 3 beetles, 2 spiders, 1 aphid, 1 snail accurately rendered. Can you find them? Click, and click again to find them in the enlarged view. Note the rendering of the leaves and the rose petals, the reflection of the room’s window within the curved surface of the glass vase, how the light is rendered.

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(I posted a link to the still life in the NYTimes on Maureen Dowd’s column. She had written about zombies in summer movies. I offered this as an option. It received more than a 1000 views and 30 recommends. /wr)

In contrast to the action-packed genre of monsters and zombies, a quieter reflection of summer which will generate high excitement and exceptional thrills: an old Dutch masterwork by one of the greatest still life painters of the late 16th century, exhibited with stunning, cutting edge HD technology: “Look Carefully At The Petals: [http://wp.me/p1mBVu-2dc ].

(With aphids, spiders, caterpillars, beetles, and ants! And soft petals of roses!)

~~How wonderful! Thank you for the link.

 

7 thoughts on “(Click The Image; Then Click Again When It Reopens.) Look Carefully At The Petal Colors

  1. This is a magnificent oil painting! Not only does the Dutch artist capture the variegation of the tulip varietals, & shades of color of other petals, but also the reflection of window light on the translucent glass vase is perfection.

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  2. I don’t believe I have seen this piece before. A real Masterwork. When I was a child, I couldn’t understand what people saw in Still-life. As I aged, I found myself drawn to it; much like I was to Bananas. First I detested them; then I was slowly seduced by the smell; then finally I was unable to resist a bite; then another and since then I have found a whole variety of subtle nuances to things banana.
    As I have aged; I appreciate the quiet; the gentle; the contemplative much more. The perfection of a single bloom. The patterns of the wind in a field of hay. The distortion of a glass and the way things interact to create mood and ambiance. The play of light. The quality of light at different times of day.
    In short; this is a beautiful work. Thank you for sharing it.

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    • Thanks for your thoughtful post, angryman. I wonder about you moniker, and resonate with your increasing attention or “noticing” of subtle beauty. Thank you for reminding me of importance and transcend value of attentiveness.

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      • I began to blog because I was angry. I was forced to retire due to my health. I wanted to take time to find some peace and understanding. I found that I couldn’t do it. All I saw was discord and confusion. I began to think about things that I never gave enough time to before while I was struggling to feed my kids etc.
        So now I am really pissed. Fascism, racism, hatred, starvation, high costs, lowered wages, NWO etc.
        I doubt I can change anything. I think we are on the slippery slope to destruction but I’ll be damned if I am going down without at least hollering, “FOUL. FOUL”
        So “Angrymanspeaks” seemed like the right name for my blog.
        I hope we speak again. Thanks for the break. beauty is always refreshing.

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