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Work by Rachel Ruysch (1664–1750) is in the collection of the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam. Striking in her Trunk, surrounded by flowers, butterflies and other animalsmade in 1685, are the many cultivated flowers, while the artist pretends to give a scene ofpristine’ nature. Much attention paid Rachel Ruysch in this painting to the insects and reptiles; especially the stag beetle on the rock attracts attention [1]. Rachel Ruysch must have had inspiration for this painting from the work of Abraham Mignon, which can also be seen from the two snails in the left-hand corner.


The two snails are Cepaea species, and similar (one shell, one with animal) to Mignon’s painting in the previous post.


[1] BBR, inv. 1751. http://collectie.boijmans.nl/nl/collection/1751-%28ok%29.