Study of a sticky nightshade (solanum sisymbriifolium)
  • Study of a sticky nightshade (solanum sisymbriifolium)

    TitleStudy of a sticky nightshade (solanum sisymbriifolium)
  • Technique/ MaterialWatercolour, gouache, traces of black chalk on paper
  • DimensionsDimensions: (h x b) 35,5 x 25,5 cm
  • DatingMade 1683
  • Artist/Maker Artist: Herman Saftleven d.y., Dutch, born 1609, dead 1685
  • CategoryDrawings, Free-hand drawings
  • ClassificationDrawing
  • Inventory No.NMH 516/2016
  • AcquisitionPurchase 2016 Wiros Fund
  • Collection Nytt i samlingarna
  • Description
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    Sticky nightshade, a prickly plant with small edible fruits, is native to South America and Africa. It depicts a stem with buds, flowers, fruits and leaves in various stages of emergence and decomposition, conveying all known facts. Saftleven’s botanical studies were commissioned by the amateur horticulturalist and botanist Agnes Block, passionate collector of exotic plants. They document the mutual influence of art and science.