Six centuries of artistic creation
Attributed to the Flemish painter Jan Fyt, this still life stands out for the compositional and chromatic power of the arrangement of the countless floral species and for the presence of a living animal, a red parrot, which stirs up the concept of "Still Life". Tulips of different colours, roses, chrysanthemums, dahlias and bellflowers are depicted in a wide pictorial dynamic, in a subtle light and shadow play that brings out textures and shapes, as in the white flowers achieved by superimposing multiple tonal gradations. In the 17th century, it would have been impossible to have all these flowers gathered at the same time. They have different origins and bloom in different seasons. The arrangement of the flowers corresponds to a scenography carefully prepared and imagined by the painter who studied each species individually as he obtained them.
| Oil on canvas, 172 x 129 cm
| CASTELO BRANCO. Francisco Tavares Proença Junior Museum