Flower Vase Workshop by Tommaso Salini (1575-1625) Still Life


Still Life, Glass Carafe with flowers, Workshop by Tommaso Salini (1575-1625).

This refined canvas depicts a glass jug full of flowers resting on a stone pedestal.
The rigorous simplicity of this painting takes us to the workshop of Tommaso Salini and to the first half of the seventeenth century.

Little known painter until a few years ago, Salini was recognized as the founder of the genre “Still life”, whose primogeniture is due to Caravaggio and the “Carafe of flowers lost with transparencies of water, and glass, and with reflections of a window”. We are at the dawn of a genre that, over a few decades, will become a mass phenomenon. Salini is inspired by the “Florilegium”, the floral repertoire commissioned by Don Giovanni de ‘ Médici to Adriaen Collaert and printed around 1590, from which many botanical studies will develop which will extend from Florence to Rome, promoting the birth of the flower vase theme.

Created with sober elegance on a dark, neutral background, almost to remember or perhaps really to imitate the slate, the bouquet of flowers detaches itself from the darkness with its brilliance.

The tulips, the jasmine, the carnations and other species are distinguished in the company of the foliage which has just been sensed in the penumbra; the almost symmetrical distribution of the floral exposition is born from the centrality of the vase which contains them, as if in the latter resides the sacred heart of the image and of life. The light invests him from the left, coming from a window, because he feels reflection on the glass vase, memory of this “carafe” lost from Caravaggio.

The painting is close to the oldest canvases of Salini, the sobriety, the symmetry, the centrality of these canvases.

The painting has a frame said to cassetta of the 17th century. He underwent a conservative restoration in a specialized laboratory with final cleaning and varnish. It is accompanied by an expertise by prof. Alberto Cottino, art historian and expert specialized in the still life of the 17th and 18th century.


Canvas cm 79 x 64
Frame cm 100 x 85

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