Category: seventeenth century

Attributed to Katherina Van Knibbergen (Dutch, 17th century): A grotto with a mountain stream (via Sotheby’s)

Lavinia Fontana (Italian, 1552 – 1614): The Visit of the Queen of Sheba to King Solomon (c. 1600) (via National Gallery of Ireland)

From the museum website:

Lavinia Fontana was a Bolognese native famed for her portraiture, and recognised as one of the first women in Europe to have achieved a successful public career as an artist.

In this, one of her most ambitious portraits, Vincenzo I Gonzaga and his wife Eleonora de’ Medici are depicted in the guise of King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba. This Old Testament story was chosen because the Gonzaga family of Mantua claimed ancient connections with the Queen of Sheba.

This painting was apparently inspired by an actual event that occurred in 1600, when the Dukes of Mantua passed through Bologna on their way to attend the wedding of their relative Maria de’ Medici who was marrying Henry IV of France.

Some floral still lifes by
Rachel Ruysch (Dutch, 1664 – 1750). According to Wikipedia:

She specialized in flowers, inventing her own style and achieving international fame in her lifetime. Due to a long and successful career that spanned over six decades, she became the best documented woman painter of the Dutch Golden Age.

Circle of Rachel Ruysch (Dutch, 1664 – 1750): Roses, marigolds and snap dragons on a ledge with a red admiral butterfly (via Christie’s)

Maria Sibylla Merian (German, 1647 – 1717): The Rocu Tree with Caterpillars, Moths, and Butterflies (via The J. Paul Getty Museum)

Rachel Ruysch (Dutch, 1664 – 1750): A still life of roses, a tulip, hyacinths, morning glories and other flowers in a vase, resting on a stone ledge (via Sotheby’s)

Alida Withoos (Dutch, c. 1670 – 1715): Tulips, chrysanthemums, honeysuckle, convolvulus and other flowers (via Bonhams)

Rachel Ruysch (Dutch, 1664 – 1750): Vase with flowers (via Wikimedia Commons)

Margherita Caffi (Italian, 1650 – 1710): Still life with flowers and fruit (via Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien)

Michaelina Wautier (or Woutier, Woutiers, Belgian, d.  1689): St Joesph (c. 1650) (via Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien)