Detail from floral painting by Elias Van Den Broeck, Rijksmuseum
Detail from ‘Still Life with Roses’ by Elias Van Den Broeck, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Van den Broeck (1649-1708) was a Dutch Golden Age flower painter, and a pupil of Jan Davidsz de Heem. He lived in Amsterdam, where he kept a garden to provide subjects for his paintings. The Dutch Golden Age refers to the 17th century - most particularly between the 1620s and 1670s, before the French invasion of 1672 ended the peace. In a remarkable burst of activity, distinct genres of painting developed - portraits, landscapes, still lives, flowers, historical & allegorical paintings, and seascapes - with artists tending to work in one genre. Many of the styles and subjects were new to Western art, and the paintings of the Golden Age established the basis for these genres as they developed into the 18th century.
The bronze-tone brooch is made from nickel-free alloy, and the glass cabochon is 25mm across. Each brooch comes in a sturdy black card gift box.