Category: seventeenth century

Maria Sibylla Merian (German, 1647 – 1717): &l…

Maria Sibylla Merian (German, 1647 – 1717): “Plate CLIII (Lis pourpre Courbe)” from Histoire des Insectes de L’Europe (via Aspire Auctions)

Maria Sibylla Merian (German, 1647 – 1717): &l…

Maria Sibylla Merian (German, 1647 – 1717): “Plate CXLVII (Liseron)” from Histoire des Insectes de L’Europe (via Aspire Auctions)

Johanna Helena Herolt-Graff (German, 1668 – 17…

Johanna Helena Herolt-Graff (German, 1668 – 1723): A white and violet tulip, a hyacinth, a white and red tulip and a marbled tuffett and its pupa and caterpillar (via Sotheby’s)

Rachel Ruysch (Dutch, 1664 – 1750): Forest Flo…

Rachel Ruysch (Dutch, 1664 – 1750): Forest Floor with a classical façade beyond (via Christie’s)

Anna Elisabeth Ruysch (Dutch, 1666 – after 174…

Anna Elisabeth Ruysch (Dutch, 1666 – after 1741): Still Life of Flowers in a Glass Vase (c. 1690s) (via Krannert Art Museum)

Maria van Oosterwijck (Dutch, 1630 – 1693): Va…

Maria van Oosterwijck (Dutch, 1630 – 1693): Vanitas still life (1668) (via Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien)

Michaelina Wautier (or Woutier, Woutiers, Belg…

Michaelina Wautier (or Woutier, Woutiers, Belgian, d. 1689): Bacchanal (via Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien)

Artemisia Gentileschi (Italian, 1593 – c. 1656…

Artemisia Gentileschi (Italian, 1593 – c. 1656): Woman in Turkish Dress (c. 1612) (via Saint Louis Art Museum)

From the museum website:

This painting demonstrates Artemisia Gentileschi’s success in capturing textures. These include the golden strands of hair that caress the figure’s shoulder, the lush fabric of the bedcover, and the metal coins that fall upon bare flesh. Such sensuous effects are appropriate to the ancient Greek story of Danaë, a young woman who was confined to a chamber by her father to prevent her becoming pregnant. An oracle (or seer) had predicted she would bear a son who would kill her own father. Zeus, king of the gods, was able to thwart the plan by transforming himself into a golden rain to impregnate Danaë. Painted when Gentileschi was only 19 years old, this picture reflects the skill, learned from her father Orazio, to paint subtle flesh tones and rich surfaces.

Johanna Helena Herolt-Graff (German, 1668 – 17…

Johanna Helena Herolt-Graff (German, 1668 – 1723): A poppy in three stages of flowering, with a caterpillar, pupa and a butterfly (via Sotheby’s)

Maria Sibylla Merian (German, 1647 – 1717): &l…

Maria Sibylla Merian (German, 1647 – 1717): “Plate CXXV (Cognassier fleuri)” from Histoire des Insectes de L’Europe (via Aspire Auctions)