Susan Merriam is Assistant Professor in the Division of the Arts at Bard College, USA.
'A thoughtful, well-researched, foundational contribution to the literature on still-life painting. Its treatment of the garland pictures in general, and three central artists in this genre more particularly, addresses a major lacuna in the scholarship.' Julie Hochstrasser, University of Iowa. Author of Still Life and Trade in the Dutch Golden Age 'Merriam's monograph offers an exemplary analysis of Flemish garland paintings, a perfect period case study of self-conscious illusion and representation itself during the 17th century. She also attends closely to how such pictures were received by their owners (Chapter 3), including their presence in local Antwerp inventories and their prominence in contemporary local gallery pictures of collection ensembles. Ashgate complement her insights with abundant colour images of these virtuoso pictures. Like 17th-century viewers, modern readers are encouraged to delight in both artistry and the visual world while using such hybrid imagery to contemplate greater matters.' Cassone '... thorough, thoughtful account of these fascinating pictures...' Renaissance Quarterly