A Thousand Words
Rachel Ruysch's Still Life with Flowers in a Glass Vase
At first glance, Rachel Ruysch's small panel depicts a handful of flowers gathered at random from a cottage garden and thrust artlessly into a vase, a thing of charm and beauty but no more than an aspect of everyday life and a decoration for an urban Dutch house. However, art of this caliber is seldom so simple. It is designed to make the viewer stop and think.
A Masterpiece of Artifice
Ruysch has composed her bouquet with care . . .