The art of flowers, by Mario “de’ Fiori” Nuzzi

Mario Nuzzi, Mario de' Fiori, nature morte floreali - floral still lifes

When he married for the second time, Mario Nuzzi (Rome, 1603-1673) took on a new last name, “de’ Fiori”: the 1650 wedding certificate indeed states that Susanna Passeri’s groom was Marius, Pictor Romanus, vulgo Mario de’ Fiori (“Mario, Roman painter, popular as Mario de’ Fiori”).

Narcissi, anemones, tulips, roses, bluebells, carnations, columbine, chrysanthemums… this baroque painter, inspired by Caravaggio and the Flemish masters, portrayed the widest imaginable range of flowers, on canvas and on table.

Over time, his career grew more and more connected to flower still lifes, which made him rich and famous, and turned him into a beacon for future generations of artists dedicated to the genre.

Here is a selection of his oil paintings on table and canvas, currently kept in various Italian and international museums – Galleria Palatina in Florence, Museo del Prado in Madrid, Ermitage in Saint Petersburg, and so on – as well as in private collection scattered around the world.

July 15, 2015