Digital Resource of the Week: Painting Flowers

With spring in full-bloom, let’s take a look at an interesting collection of how flowers are depicted in painting.┬áThe BBC created a website to accompany a television show called Painting Flowers. This site follows the layout of the show by focusing on four flowers often used in paintings: the sunflower, the lily, the tulip and the rose. Besides viewing paintings by the type of flower incorporated, you can compare uses through themes such as love and beauty or death (what a contrast!). A small section on contemporary artists show how flowers are still being used as inspiration.

As always, see more examples by searching the UArts Libraries’ catalog. Search by subject for flowers in art. Below are two artistic interpretations of the tulip. Enjoy!

Flowers in a Glass Vase by Ambrosius Bosschaert the Elder

Flowers in a Glass Vase by Ambrosius Bosschaert the Elder

Pollen by Rob Kesseler

Pollen by Rob Kesseler

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