Study of a Tulip (Gemarmerde van Jasper)

Study of a Tulip (Gemarmerde van Jasper)

c. 1645

Pieter Holsteyn

(Dutch, c.1612-1673)

Brush and watercolor in crimson, grey, and green over traces of charcoal on antique laid paper

Sheet: 32 x 21.1 cm (12 5/8 x 8 5/16 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 2019.5

Fun Fact

In 17th-century Holland, some tulip bulbs were as expensive as a stately Amsterdam canal house!

Description

This image of a tulip was made as part of a tulip book used as a grower’s marketing tool during the so-called tulip mania, a speculative bubble in 17th-century Holland, when ten tulip bulbs could cost more than a stately Amsterdam canal house. The striations on the tulip, which were caused by a virus in the bulb, made it especially valuable. Pieter Holsteyn II was one of many artists in the Netherlands at the time who specialized in botanical illustration.

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