Flowers in a Bottle, Dirck de Bray, 1674
Dirck de Bray was a versatile artist. He made etchings, woodcuts and sculptures, but became famous as a painter of floral still lifes. Unlike his contemporaries, he composed bouquets of flowers that all bloom in the same season. Among the flowers on this sheet are white and blue columbine, yellow iris, peony, iris, and morning glory. Typical of De Bray is that some flowers have yet to be arranged in the bouquet.