Delicious Details

In painting, it is said that "God is in the details...."

The Old Dutch Still Life painters knew how to delight the eye...and I imagine that they had a lot of fun doing this.

This opulent display of delicious details are all from one painting, Jan Davidszoon de Heem's 

Each detail is lovingly rendered. It is "realistic" but "not real." 

The artist has created a fantasy where all the plants and flowers mature at the same time and tiny insects are willing to peacefully coexist in order to pose long enough for the artist to paint them.


Another saying about what makes a good painting is "that the artist made every square inch interesting."

As one of the greatest painters of still life in the Netherlands, I'd say that de Heem was successful in doing just that.

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