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To the Dutch Golden Age elite, the tulip was a status symbol, much like the luxury cars and designer cars of our time.
Featured prominently in Ambrosius Bosschaert the Elder’s 1614 painting Flowers Still Life, for example, are white and yellow tulips with streaks of flaming red. But how did a flower gain such prominence?Imported from Turkey in 1593, Ogier Ghiselin de Busbecq, an ambassador to ...
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