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Still Life of Flowers in an Urn, Butterflies and a Snake

Photo credit: Compton Verney

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Paolo Porpora was one of the leading still life painters of the Neapolitan Baroque, a style of painting associated with dramatic lighting and compositions. This rich and sparkling still life of flowers shows his skilful naturalism in dealing with a profusion of carnations, tulips, tuberoses, cornflowers, roses and sunflowers. Although born in Naples, the artist moved to Rome in the 1650s where he worked for the powerful papal Chigi family.

Compton Verney

Compton Verney




oil on canvas


H 129 x W 98.5 cm

Accession number

CVCSC : 0248.S

Acquisition method

purchased, 1998

Work type


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Compton Verney

Compton Verney, Warwickshire CV35 9HZ England

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