Insects with Common Hawthorn and Forget-Me-Not

Meticulously painted insects, flowers, and berries are laid out on a plain white ground without any overlap, reminiscent of scientific illustrations. At the same time, the seemingly casual arrangement, light effects and cast shadows give the objects a remarkably lifelike appearance.The two still lifes on display are the first works of the artist to enter the collection.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1626 - 1679
Full title
Butterflies, Moths and Insects with Sprays of Common Hawthorn and Forget-Me-Not
Date made
1654
Medium and support
Oil on wood
Dimensions
11.8 × 14.7 cm
Inscription summary
Signed; Dated
Acquisition credit
Gift from the collection of Willem Baron van Dedem, 2017
Inventory number
NG6666
Location in Gallery