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Working at a time of increased interest in the natural sciences, van Schrieck is highly renowned for works such as this, especially his moonlit nocturnal scenes that depict flora, moss and denizens of the forest. His nickname Snuffelaer, or "ferreter", undoubtedly reflects his excursions into the forest underbrush to examine different specimens—sometimes even bringing them back to his vivarium, where they were further cultivated and studied. Much admired during his lifetime, his works were imitated by number of artists, including no less distinguished a talent than Rachel Ruysch.
Between 1648 and 1657, van Schrieck left Amsterdam to embark on several extended sojourns to England, France, and—most notably—Italy. During his time in Florence, he worked for the Grand Duke Ferdinand II de' Medici of Tuscany, for his works complemented the family’s collection of flora and fauna in both painted and physical form. A number of Marseus van Schrieck’s still-life paintings can be found in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence today.
The present work can be compared to van Schrieck's Still life with snakes and butterflies in the woods in the Stockholm Nationalmuseum (inv. no. 504).1, as well as a similarly refined and vertical composition sold New York, Sotheby's, 22 April 2015, lot 63.
1. oil on canvas, 62 by 50 cm., See Steensma, under Literature, p. 132, cat. no. B1.45, reproduced p. 201, fig. 67.
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