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The Wine Related Still-Lifes of Georg Flegel


My series of posts about the 17th century Dutch history of wine illustrates the popularity of sweet German wine through images of Roemer and Berkemeyer wine glasses.  Assuming that Baroque paintings often included objects found in the painter’s everyday life I decided to look at the wine related still-lifes of German Baroque painters in comparison with my Dutch posts.  This post contains an over of still-lifes painted by Georg Flegel.  Georg Flegel (1566-1638) was born in Moravia, in 1580 he moved to Vienna before settling in Frankfurt in 1593.

In the seven paintings included in this post there is a mixture of Roemer, Berkemeyer, and fluted wine glases.  There Roemer and Berkemeyer are similar to Dutch images I have posted on.  In this small sampling of images most filled glasses, including flutes, contains white wine except for a single instance in what appears to be a wine cup with a lid in Still-Life with Parrot.  This covered glass contains a light red or rose wine.  In The Dutch Wine Glasses of Pieter Claesz I found that his fluted wine glasses contained a light red or rose wine.

The two glasses which I find particularly interesting were both painted in 1635.  The tall Venetian flute in Still-Life with Cherries has complex stem like a coiled serpent.  The wine glass in Still-Life with Stag Beetle has a two part stem containing a ribbed bulb supported by curly cues adorned with stamped prunts.  Amongst the various wine pitchers we find two images of a similar Bartmann jug with pewter lid bearing both oak leaves and acorns topped with the face of a bearded man.  The Cupboard provides two fascinating objects, a wine decanter, perhaps exceedingly dark green with a long-neck, a base surrounded by glass roping, and a prunt bearing the portrait of a bearded man.  In front of this decanter there is a wine-filled Roemer glass attached at its base to an elaborate, gold holder.

In future posts I will attempt to compare these beautiful objects with other paintings and actual images.  In the mean time, please enjoy these made pictures available from the Web Gallery of Art.

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