Rachel Ruysch (1664–1750)

Rachel Ruysch Dutch
and Michiel van Musscher Dutch

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 638

Over a career that spanned more than six decades, Ruysch attracted royal patronage, high prices, and effusive praise for her still-life paintings. Here, she collaborated with Van Musscher, a portraitist, contributing an extravagant floral arrangement to his depiction of the painter in her studio. A poetic inscription on the album of floral studies in the foreground documents the collaboration and invites viewers to evaluate the two artists’ respective merits.

Rachel Ruysch (1664–1750), Rachel Ruysch (Dutch, The Hague 1664–1750 Amsterdam), Oil on canvas

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