Rachel Ruysch's Still Life with Flowers in a Glass Vase by Mary Elizabeth Podles

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 . . .