Still life with a rose branch, beetle and bee, 1741

 

The year was probably later, because the style is more rigid and placed between the surname and the branch, a number that may have indicated her age in the sense of "78 years old", as was quite common to add in the 17th and 18th centuries. According to the RKD image database, the date of her baptism is known: 3.6.1664. Since her birth should not have been long before she was baptized, the picture would have been taken after her 77th birthday, ie in the second half of 1741.

 

Rachel Ruysch, Still life with a rose branch, beetle and bee, 1741

Kunstmuseum Basel, online collection http://sammlungonline.kunstmuseumbasel.ch/eMuseumPlus 04.09.2019

Rachel Ruysch | Still life with a rose branch, beetle and bee

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