Artist info: Rachel Ruysch was a unique artist – a married woman with ten children an still more successful then her husband, the dutch artist Juriaen Pool, and most other artist in Amsterdam at the time. She was a member of a cultivated family with a long line of artists. Her grandfather Pieter Poost was a landscape artist and architect, her father Frederik Ruysch was known to have been a surgeon and botanist but also a skilled amateur artist. Ruysch father was perhaps the most important person in her life, turning her interest towards flowers and encouraging her to paint. Another influence was that of her neighbour Ernst Stuven, a German painter who had studied for Willem van Aelst.