Feb 19, 2020
Feb 19, 2020

Study of a Tulip ('t roosje)

Study of a Tulip ('t roosje)

c. 1645

Pieter Holsteyn II

(Dutch, c.1612-1673)

Watercolor and gouache

Sheet: 31.2 x 21 cm (12 5/16 x 8 1/4 in.)

Nancy F. and Joseph P. Keithley Collection Gift 2020.132


Did you know?

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


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.This tulip's Dutch name, inscribed on the sheet, means "trumpet."

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