Juan de Arellano


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(1614–76). Spanish flower painter. He turned to flower painting late but by 1652 he was producing delicate and original work such as Festoon of Flowers with Cartouche Surrounding a Landscape (1652; Madrid, Prado) developed from the style of Daniel Seghers. In his later work the influence of Roman Baroque flower painting, notably that of Mario Nuzzi (1603–73), was increasingly evident and his work became more robust and dramatic. His final style is exemplified by a series depicting openwork baskets packed solid with blossoms. The brilliance of the colours, the dense profusion of the flowers, and the energy of the handling make an overwhelming impact of vitality and abundance.

From The Oxford Companion to Western Art in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Art.

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