Step into the garden of art and explore two centuries’ worth of flower paintings. With the exhibition Flowers and World Views the SMK invites you to enter a 17th century Baroque garden filled with flower paintings.
Many of the paintings have never been on public display at the museum before. Their condition was too delicate. This was also true of one of the museum’s highlights – the album or "florilegium" known as the Gottorfer Codex – which our conservators have restored over the course of several years. Now, the fragile flower paintings are ready to be exhibited for the first time ever.
The exhibition delves down into a period where mankind was poised between two views of the world – a symbolic and a rather more scientific approach – and sheds light on how this clash is evident in the art of flower painting.
With the Gottorfer Codex firmly planted at the core of the exhibition, the show relates the story of how 17th and 18th century artists portrayed flowers. Flower painting has always been an art form in a state of constant change because the artists’ renditions of flowers and plants are contingent on history and on how the artists view the world.
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