An Exceptionally Early Bouquet

Entirely appropriate to the season; a bouquet of narcissi, periwinkles and violets by the German artist Ludger tom Ring the Younger was added to the collection in the spring. Tom Ring painted it around 1562, which makes it particularly important, as it was not for another forty years or so that flowers became a popular subject for paintings in their own right. The work was acquired for the museum by the Friends of the Mauritshuis Foundation.

 

 

Ludger tom Ring II

Narcissi, Periwinkle and Violets in a Ewer, c. 1562

 

Small but beautiful

Hector de Beaufort (former chairman of the Friends of the Mauritshuis Foundation): ‘The Friends of the Mauritshuis Foundation provided a very comprehensive financial guarantee for the purchase of this still life. But the whole plan, from the investigation of the painting to the final purchase, was always prepared in close consultation with the museum. And we are delighted with the result, because this is a small but beautiful and unique painting that fits well into the Mauritshuis’s collection.’

Impressed

Nelleke de Kruik (Friend of the Mauritshuis): ‘And then, without any warning, I suddenly found a card on the doormat depicting a rather stiff, small bouquet of flowers. Who would send me such a miserable little bunch of flowers? Everyone knows I prefer large, extravagant bouquets.

But then I started to look at it more closely, and in no time I was impressed.

 

It was a work that had been purchased by the Friends of the Mauritshuis, so on my behalf too. That meant I had to take a much better look. And what did I find? There was one special feature after another. A work by a painter who is not represented in any Dutch collection: Ludger tom Ring, a German painter from Munster. And it was a flower still life, made forty years before anyone was painting flower still lifes. Ludger tom Ring departed from the well-trodden paths of religion and tradition, and painted a bunch of flowers that might have come from his own garden. It was unique! I was so pleased with my card and with the splendid painting for the Mauritshuis!’