Anonymous, active first quarter 17th century
Still Life, ca. 1610-10
oil on canvas, 65.7 x 48.3 cm (25-7/8 x 19 in.)
The selection of subjects for this painting and the way they are depicted indicate that the artist may be commenting on the brevity of life. The straw on the wine bottle is broken and uncoiled. The flowers are wilted. The butterflies, like the flowers, are also short-lived.