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Jan Davidsz. de Heem made this oil paint on copper during the period 1650–1683; this work is now in the collection of the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam [1]. It is described as “Still life with flowers in a glass vase on a stone blade. Bouquet with among others day flower, rose (white, pink), wheat, cow parsley, carnation (red and white), bunch of narcissus, papaver, tulip (red and white), sweet pea, dog rose, honeysuckle, hydrangea, anemone (red) and on the plinth an anemone (red); further a red admiral butterfly, a caterpillar of a psi butterfly, a looper, beetles, ants and other insects, spiders and a garden snail”.


The snail is a garden snail indeed, a dextral specimen of Cepaea nemoralis (Linnaeus, 1758).


[1] RMA, inv. SK-C-214. http://hdl.handle.net/10934/RM0001.COLLECT.10661.