With Koen Fillet and Sven Van Dorst, head of conservation at The Phoebus Foundation studio

Daffodils, pink roses, an orange lily, tulips, bright blue irises … The variety of flowers and the bright colours is overwhelming and almost splashes off this little panel. This composition is a masterpiece by Jan Brueghel I (1568-1625), one of the most important painters of the late 16th and early 17th centuries. In this episode of Phoebus Focus, you discover the inspirations, motivations, and working methods behind Brueghel’s devotion to floral splendour.

Jan Brueghel I, Flowers in a Vase with a Clump of Cyclamen and Precious Stones, 1605-1607