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In the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, this flower still life is one of the painting made by Nicolaes Lachtropius. This painter was active from 1656-1700 in Amsterdam, and Alphen aan den Rijn [1]. The description says “On a marble plinth a vase with a bouquet of roses and poppies. Between the flowers some butterflies, on the [edge of the] plinth a snail.” This oil-painting is signed “N. Lachtropius Anº 1667″ [2].


The snail is very naturalistically painted, and is dextral specimen of Cepaea nemoralis (L., 1758).

[1] http://explore.rkd.nl/explore/artists/47263.
[2] http://hdl.handle.net/10934/RM0001.COLLECT.12084.