Test your knowledge of botanical art and artists and see if you can work out who painted this.
This is about using brains not technology - so please do NOT "cheat" i.e. do NOT use any image matching technology (eg Google image search or Tineye) to find the image!
You have to work from the pure style of painting, the plants and any useful information you can find in the painting.
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I'll tell you at the weekend who got it right - if any of you do!
Meanwhile I'll be publishing the incorrect answers.........
1/8/2017 08:05:23 pm
Sorry didn't answer all the questions. Aquilegia vulgaris and grass (not sure of species). Watercolour on paper. Private collection. I googled Durer aquilegia to check if I was correct.
1/8/2017 08:05:53 pm
Small clump of turf??
1/8/2017 09:29:20 pm
Forgot to say - I didn't google because at first I misread the instructions and by the time I noticed you could google I'd typed a whole load of stuff :-)
the title of the artwork: price of turf with the columbine
1/8/2017 10:38:38 pm
2/8/2017 01:53:56 am
1. Akelei (Aquilegia or Columbine)
2/8/2017 03:15:44 am
1. 'The piece of turf with Columbine' or 'Columbine: Blue Flower'
2/8/2017 05:35:27 am
2/8/2017 05:49:13 am
The message went before I entered all the information:
2/8/2017 12:44:46 pm
2/8/2017 05:09:49 pm
1. The piece of turf with columbine
Ah! Fun! Ok, well, my first guess is Albrecht Durer. The date 1520 I can read on this was the year he also painted his marvellous hare, which, like this, still looks so bright and fresh as if it was done only yesterday.
2/8/2017 09:53:58 pm
Dear Katherine, This is a wonderful painting and it immediately reminded me of Albrecht Dürer. It resembles Dürer’s work "Great Piece of Turf" and other pieces he made after his Wanderjahre, so I think the answer should be:
4/8/2017 05:08:58 pm
Albrecht Dürer, Akelei (Aquilegia, Columbine) between 1471 and 1528, possibly 1526 but actually no date available on the museum's online catalog page, Albertina, Vienna
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