Frans Ykens, Pieter Fransz de Grebber
Madonna Surrounded by a Garland of Fruit
|Artist:||Frans Ykens , Pieter Fransz de Grebber|
|Title:||Madonna Surrounded by a Garland of Fruit|
|Date:||Mid 17th century|
|Description:||The opulent garland of fruit by the Flemish artist Frans Ykens, framing a picture of the Madonna, carries a religious meaning. The delicious garland refers to the plentifulness of the Kingdom of God, the cockle at the top of the stone cartouche symbolises the hope of resurrection, the worm crawling into the fruit reminds the viewer of the mortality of all flesh, and the butterfly indicates the fugacity of earthly life.
When one takes a closer look at the picture, it becomes apparent that the Madonna figure by the Dutch painter Pieter Franz de Grebber was placed in the centre of the painting at some later point. It is possible that this was done in the 17th century, but even more probable that the two works were joined by an art collector in the 18th or 19th century.
|Related categories:||Foreign Art|
|Copyright notice:||Art Museum of Estonia|
|AME collection:||Foreign paintings collection|
|Collection number:||VM 590|
|Accretion number:||EKM j 4979|
Source type: digital photography
File type: TIF
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