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The description of this oil painting in the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam reads “Festoon of fruit (grapes, lemon, pomegranate, plums, cherries, blackberries) and flowers (including roses), hanging on a ring for a niche. Furthermore, leaves, a branch with chestnuts, beetles, butterflies and [a] snail”. Jan Davidsz. de Heem painted this work ca. 1665 [1]; this Utrecht born artist moved in 1626 to Antwerp, where he became accustomed to the Flemish style of still life painting and lived there the rest of his life (he died in 1684).


This painting shows a snail not—as many of his predecessors and contemporaries did—in the foreground below, but in the centre of the view descending from a fruit. It is a dextral Cepaea hortensis (Müller, 1774).


[1] RMA, inv. SK-A-138. Permalink http://hdl.handle.net/10934/RM0001.COLLECT.6677