Still Life of Fruit and Flowers c. 1612 By Clara Peeters
It’s Museum Week!
This year’s focus is on women in culture (follow the hashtag #WomenMW) and cultural institutions around the world will be sharing stories from their collections all week on Instagram and Twitter.
Today’s theme is FOOD (follow #FoodMW) and so here is Still Life of Fruit and Flowers, c. 1612, by Clara Peeters, who was one of the first professional women artists in the Netherlands.
Little is known of her life and career, though her dated works suggest she was active from 1607 to 1621. Peeters specialised in sumptuous still lifes of fruit and flowers, and this painting is one of Peeters’s largest and most sophisticated works, unusually painted on copper rather than a wooden panel or canvas.