Ambrosius Bosschaert

Life Dates:
1573 – 1621
Artist Biography:
Ambrosius Bosschaert the Elder (1573 – 1621) was a still life painter of the Dutch Golden Age. His bouquets were painted symmetrically and with scientific accuracy in small dimensions and normally on copper. They sometimes included symbolic and religious meanings. At the time of his death, Bosschaert commanded a thousand amateur painters for the production of one floral painting. Bosschaert became one of the first artists to specialise in still life, and in doing so he started a tradition of painting detailed flower bouquets, which typically consisted of tulips, roses and an exotic species.