Description This intriguing close-up of beautiful flowers, frogs, and insects is presented from what seems like the low viewing angle of an avid naturalist searching for specimens in the underbrush on the edge of an upland meadow. However, the knowledgeable viewer would delight in recognizing that this is a fantasy. Tulips were expensive, carefully cultivated flowers that were only to be found in well-tended gardens. Recco was the foremost painter of still lifes in 17th-century Naples. His works reveal the influence of Dutch painters working in Italy who introduced such "underbrush" subjects. The artist's signature is hidden among the greenery. For more information on this painting, please see Federico Zeri's 1976 catalogue no. 345, p. 468.
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- World of Wonder. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1971-1972.
- Public Property. 2012.
- Excursions through the Collection: Portraiture, Adornment, and the Natural World. 2019-2021.
Provenance Don Marcello Massarenti Collection, Rome [date and mode of acquisition unknown] [1881 catalogue: no. 227; 1897 catalogue: no. 473]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1902, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Transcription] Inscribed on the lower right: GIOS:RECCO; [Annotation] Inscribed on the reverse: GIOS RSCCO [sic] FIAMMEGO/G.M.R.No....
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters with the Massarenti Collection, 1902
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