Flowers Throughout Art History

Curator’s Words


Flowers Throughout Art History


Debra Morgan


The lotus flower may be the first flower to be shown in art. The lotus flower was used in ancient Egypt to decorate amulets, ceramics, and papyrus paintings.
Flowers were used by the Egyptians to make art and to decorate their clothes. There were many different collar necklaces that were made of linen and cut flowers, like sunflowers and cornflowers, as well as poppies and blue lotus flowers.
Even though flowers were first used as a subject for art in Egypt, it did not stop there. Flowers were often shown in art from all ages of history.