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Still-life with frogs, wild roses, shells and butterflies
  • Still-life with frogs, wild roses, shells and butterflies

    TitleStill-life with frogs, wild roses, shells and butterflies
  • Technique/ MaterialOil on canvas
  • DimensionsDimensions: (h x b) 35 x 48 cm
  • DatingMade 1650s
  • Artist/Maker Artist: Paolo Porpora, Italian, born 1617, dead 1673
  • CategoryPaintings, Paintings
  • Classificationpainting
  • Inventory No.NM 5271
  • AcquisitionBequest 1914 Professor P.F. Wahlberg
  • Collection Italian Paintings - Three Centuries of Collecting
  • Description
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    The paintings are examples of the sottobosco motif, close-up depictions of amphibians and insects. The animals are represented with scientific accuracy and seemingly in their natural environment, but they were usually studied separately and then assembled into an aesthetically pleasing composition. The subject is basically an allegory of the struggle between good and evil.