At the Prado you can smell a painting by Brueghel and Rubens

The feeling of smell is a stunning oil on canvas recognized by Flemish painters Jan Brueghel the Elder and Rubens in 1617-1618, now it is uncovered at the Prado Museum in Madrid and it is at the heart of a pretty original route. Until finally July 3, in actuality, it has been established up a place in which not only you can notice the operate but, many thanks to some diffusers, people can smell the scents of 10 of the far more than 80 types of flowers and plants represented in the function.
The painting on exhibit in the exhibition “La esencia de un cuadro. Una exposición olfativa” is aspect of a collection of allegories dedicated to the 5 senses. The scene depicted is that of a lush idyllic backyard garden, in which a Venus is presented with a bouquet of flowers, although all close to, in a suspended ambiance, properties and trees protect a cloudy sky.

Flower portray is 1 of Jan Brueghel the Elder’s specialties, able of symbolizing unique species via the balanced use of coloration, groups of flowers turning into isolated even now lifes. The sequence of “The Senses” is a single of the finest aesthetic successes of the collaboration involving the two artists, the curator of the part of Flemish paintings of the Prado Alejandro Vergara believes that the sensory practical experience can make much better known the works of an exquisite and refined painter but frequently in the background as Brueghel.
Amid the essences subtle in the area are those people of as numerous as seven flowers, like daffodils, orange blossom, jasmine and spikenard, but also that of fig, leather and tobacco, or other factors symbolic to the history of perfumes as much again as the 1600s. Among these significantly less typical perfumes there is Zibetto, an essence acquired from the glands of the animal of the same name (represented in the painting) normally existing in the perfumes of the sixteenth and seventeenth century as a fixative.