Rachel Ruysch’s magnificent, deceptively realistic floral still lifes with exotic plants and fruit, butterflies and insects already became sought-after and expensive collector’s items during her lifetime. Demand was so great that the Amsterdam painter could afford to produce merely a few works a year. As the daughter of the renowned professor of anatomy and botany, Frederik Ruysch, the first female member of the Confrerie Pictura, court painter in Düsseldorf, lottery game winner and the mother of eleven children, she was an exceptional figure in her time. From November 2024 on the Alte Pinakothek will present the world’s first major monographic exhibition of her work. Discover the world of Rachel Ruysch between art and science, perfected fine painting and artistic freedom amidst illustrious patrons in Amsterdam, Düsseldorf and Florence.
Toledo, Toledo Museum of Art: 13 April – 27 July 2025
Boston, Museum of Fine Arts: 23 August – 7 December 2025