Why did people believe that the Flemish only painted flowers and did not actually arrange them?


In 17th century Flanders, floral still life painting was a popular genre. Flemish artists, such as Brueghel the Elder and his sons, specialized in painting intricate and detailed floral arrangements. These paintings often had a moralistic message, emphasizing the transience of life. While the Flemish artists excelled at painting flowers, there is no evidence or belief that they lacked the necessary floral arranging skills or that floral arranging was reserved for the elite or restricted by religion. Instead, their focus was on capturing the beauty and symbolism of flowers through their paintings.

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