Paolo Porpora was one of the leading Neapolitan still life painters, and became known as Paolo dei Fiori (‘of the flowers’). Although born in Naples, the artist moved to Rome in the 1650s where he worked for the powerful papal Chigi family. Here he encountered the work of Dutch flower painters, whose influence can be seen in this rich and exquisitely detailed still life, with its profusion of carnations, tulips, tuberoses, cornflowers, roses and sunflowers.
Paolo Porpora Still Life with Flowers in an Urn, Butterflies and a Snake About 1660 © Compton Verney
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