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Study of a Tulip (Perregoen Machieu)

Study of a Tulip (Perregoen Machieu)

c. 1645
Location: not on view

Did You Know?

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.
  • ?-1994
    Jacobus A. Klaver (1928-1997), Amsterdam
    1994
    Sotheby's, Amsterdam, 10 May 1994, lot 89.
    with Johan Bosch van Rosenthal, Amsterdam
    Mr. and Mrs. Joseph P. Keithley, Cleveland, OH
    March 2, 2020
    The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • Impressionism to Modernism: The Keithley Collection. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (September 11, 2022-January 8, 2023).
  • {{cite web|title=Study of a Tulip (Perregoen Machieu)|url=false|author=Pieter Holsteyn II|year=c. 1645|access-date=18 April 2024|publisher=Cleveland Museum of Art}}

Source URL:

https://www.clevelandart.org/art/2020.133