Flower Still Life
This painting created by Adrian Van Der Spelt, is one of many ways artist would attempt to distinguish them selves from other artists. It was his way of not only saying that he's the best in his field , but he's very familiar with Ancient artists and the legends regarding his field. The painting in this picture is a reference to the story of Zeuxis and Parrhasius. As legend has it Zeuxis and Parrhasius were in competition to determine who was the better artist out of the two of them. Well, one day Zeuxis invited Parrhasius to his house and revealed to him his painting of grapes. The painting looked so real that it fooled birds and the birds began to peck at his painting. Whenever Zeuxis asked Parrahasius to pull the curtain from his painting, it turned out that the curtain was an illusion and in fact apart of the painting. From that point on Zeuxis admitted that Parrhasius was the better artist between the two of them.