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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.

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
Technique:
Material:
oil
wood
Height (cm): 100.0
Width (cm): 71.5
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.
Exhibition history: 2010 Kadriorg Art Museum permanent exhibition
2017 Kadriorg Art Museum exhibition Abundance and Ephemerality. Still Lifes from Finnish and Baltic Collections
Related categories: Foreign Art
Copyright notice: Art Museum of Estonia
AME collection: Foreign paintings collection
Collection number: VM 590
Accretion number: EKM j 4979
Muis reference http://muis.ee/museaalView/99564
File info: Source type: digital photography
File type: TIF
Compression: Uncompressed
File size: 21.65MB
Resolution: 2304*3280px @ 300dpi
 
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