The world-famous altarpiece of Saint Bavo’s Cathedral in Ghent, ‘The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb’, which was painted by the Van Eyck brothers in 1432, includes at least forty kinds of flowers and plants.
And of course every single flower has a symbolic meaning.
I also turn up in other parts of this beautiful polyptych: at the very bottom of the central panel and at the feet of the group of holy women.
It’s not clear why I was put there. Sometimes I symbolise purity and humility, and sometimes the tears that Maria wept at Jesus’ tomb on Easter morning.
With me you never really know.