Jan Davidsz. de Heem was a very successful painter who acquired great wealth with the sale of his paintings. His work forms a kind of synthesis between the Dutch and Flemish traditions, and both his Dutch and Flemish colleagues have been influenced by him. He was a central figure of Dutch still life painting in the seventeenth century.
He played an important role in the development of the stately still life in the second half of the seventeenth century. In his still lifes one finds a display of valuables, brought together in a composition of a theatrical, monumental character. Gold, silver, porcelain, glass, shells, flowers and fruits, textiles and musical instruments are the ingredients of these works.Read more Read less