The most saturated canvas is “Vision”. Naturally, for painters, “to see” means “to live.” They reproduced their own work. These are “Tiger Hunt”, “Double Portrait of Albert and Isabella”, “Bacchanalia”, “Portrait of the Duke of Lerma” and other works by Rubens, “Madonna in Flowers” by Rubens and Bruegel and a few more unrecognizable paintings.
On the shelves are ancient Roman and ancient Greek busts of philosophers, generals, figurines, copies of sculptures from Roman tombs by Michelangelo Buonarotti (?). Astronomical instruments, seashells, coins and medals, books are on the table, on the floor. Here, the monkeys play with glasses (pince-nez) and telescope.
The central place is Venus and Cupid, as a symbol of the fact that everything in the world is driven by love.
On the left wall is a large tapestry, in front of it is a cupboard with cups, a model of the universe.
In the archway there is an urban landscape and a fountain in the courtyard of the house where this collection is located.
On the right you can see a gallery with a high painted arched ceiling and with paintings all over the wall (above the parrot you can see the “Descent from the Cross) and full-size statues (the largest, closer to the frame with flowers is Venus, next to it is Eros with a bow, the highest is Hercules with a cudgel on a pedestal).
In the film “Smell,” Flora, the goddess of flowers, one of the goddesses of fertility in the Greek pantheon of gods, plays a central role. Next to her is putti, baby. On the left, to the very top of the picture, there is a mallow, below it is tulips, peonies, carnations, chamomiles, marigolds, daffodils, irises, and a lilac in the upper right. In the background, two women remove flowers (white roses?) From bushes growing along the wall.
Table with dishes for aromas, stove with retorts for distilling aromas.
Behind the trunk of the mallow is a stove with burning coals, on it is a distillation apparatus. A little in the depths - another furnace with a distillation apparatus. On the right, a large flask with a complex lid on which a retort is located on the side for collecting condensate (also a distillation apparatus) is located on the right at a round furnace.
A little distance to the right - roe deer, from whose glands aromatic substances were extracted.
On the floor next to Flora are jars, vials and little animals (maybe their glands were used to make persistent perfumes?). To her left - burning coals in a round brazier, on the coals is a vase with something odorous. What would a dog mean in this picture? It was probably drawn because of the sensitivity of the dog's nose to odors.
On the "Hearing" canvas, sounds, naturally, cannot be reproduced. But on what and how to reproduce the sounds: musical instruments, an ensemble at rehearsals and the patroness of music itself, the muse of Euterpe plays the kythara (?).
In the left wall - a triptych "Annunciation", as an illustration of the fact that Mary heard that she would give birth to Christ.
The musicians' workplace (round table with music stands) has a metronome, pads on three-legged stools, bow instruments on the left, right and on the floor (double bass, cello, viola, violins), and flutes on the floor. Parrots sit on the perch, most likely speaking.
In the film “Touch,” a bright spot is the mother's kiss, as the strongest sensation of touch: Venus kisses Cupid on the lips.
On the left - a mountain of knight armor, in the background - a forge of the same armor.
On the table next to Venus are instruments (surgical?), On the floor are some papers with seals and a quill pen.
Almost at the very right edge of the picture, on the table lies a three-tailed whip - a tool of education.
In the painting “Taste”, at the richly laid table, sits the seducer Pan and the object of his desire - the nymph Syring. He pours wine to her in a huge bowl, she brings something from the appetizers to her mouth (apparently, she took from the dish to the right). On his face - deceit, she - doubt. But the table is so beautiful, and this freak is so kind. And no one is around! Why not drink? Maybe it will cost?
On the table are a few pies: with a duck, with a goose, with a peacock, with a swan! Here, oysters, grilled chicken, small birds, cancer.
And what's going on in front of the table! Broken game: hare, roe deer, birds, grapes lying in a heap, then a pumpkin ...
On the left in the background - the kitchen, under the window is a kitchen cabinet (something similar in the old days stood in our kitchen.)
Piglets are fried on skewers on an open fire, fish in bulk lies at the doorstep, waiting for its turn ... It is not very clear who it will be, is this charmer really?
How were the pictures born? What made the authors spend time and effort? Perhaps the desire to acquaint children with the diversity of the world (by that time, the paintings date from 1618 - Jan Bruegel’s children were already adults, and Rubens’s elder son was 3 years old).
In these works amazes their encyclopedic. In order to portray, you had to see it and you had to know about it. In addition, these canvases are like photographs of that time. Paintings, musical instruments, table decoration, furniture, kitchen utensils - which is not.
These paintings by Jan Bruegel and his descendants were repeated in different versions - apparently, there was a need.
Ideas of this kind were carried in the air. Different artists at different times painted pictures about nature (the cycle of Joachim Beuckelaer "Water", "Earth", "Fire", "Air"). And when the books became more accessible, cheaper, the textbook of Jan Amos Komensky “The World of Sensual Things in Pictures” appeared.