A Basket of Flowers

Artist: Jan Brueghel the Younger (Flemish, Antwerp 1601–1678 Antwerp)

Date: probably 1620s

Medium: Oil on wood

Dimensions: 18 1/2 x 26 7/8 in. (47 x 68.3 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Bequest of Miss Adelaide Milton de Groot (1876–1967), 1967

Accession Number: 67.187.58


The artist took over his famous father's studio in 1625 when Jan the Elder died unexpectedly. The composition here is borrowed from somewhat more elaborate arrangements by Jan I; the execution pays tribute to him without achieving the same level of refinement. Various insects and fallen flowers support a conventional vanitas theme which is relieved by the butterfly, a symbol of the soul and the Resurrection.