Skip to Content

Open today 10–11 a.m. members | 11 a.m.–6 p.m. public. Learn more.

Trompe-l'Oeil Still Life with a Flower Garland and a Curtain

A work made of oil on panel.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

Image actions

  • A work made of oil on panel.

Date:

1658

Artist:

Adriaen van der Spelt (Dutch, 1630-1673)
Frans van Mieris (Dutch, 1635-1681)

About this artwork

Adrien van der Spelt’s splendid garland displays about 20 floral varieties—including a tulip, a 16th-century import from Persia that would eventually become an icon of Dutch culture. The deceptively realistic blue curtain, painted by Frans van Mieris, refers to the historical strategy for protecting paintings but also to the tale of Parhassius, a skilled Greek artist who fooled his rival into attempting to pull back a curtain painted onto one of his pictures. Examples of collaborative works by Dutch artists from this period are rare, perhaps due to the intense competition created by the region’s thriving art market.

Status

On View, Gallery 212

Department

Painting and Sculpture of Europe

Artist

Adriaen van der Spelt

Title

Trompe-l'Oeil Still Life with a Flower Garland and a Curtain

Origin

Netherlands

Date

1658

Medium

Oil on panel

Inscriptions

Inscribed lower left: van der Spelt.1658

Dimensions

18 1/4 × 25 1/8 in. (46.5 × 63.9 cm)

Credit Line

Wirt D. Walker Fund

Reference Number

1949.585

IIIF Manifest  The International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) represents a set of open standards that enables rich access to digital media from libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural institutions around the world.

Learn more.

https://api.artic.edu/api/v1/artworks/66042/manifest.json

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email . Information about image downloads and licensing is available here.

Share

Sign up for our enewsletter to receive updates.

Learn more

Image actions

Share