Mini Biography: Rachel Ruysch

Birth: June 3rd, 1664
Death: Aug. 12th, 1750
Nationality: Dutch
Movement: Baroque

Born in The Hague, Ruysch had access to both flowers and anatomical parts at a young age because her father, an amateur painter, was a well known and respected botanist and anatomist. She was apprenticed to a flower painter at age 15 but Ruysch was already signing and selling her own work within a few years. Her friends and associates during this time included several other prominent flower painters in Amsterdam and she married a fellow painter, a portraitist, in 1693. The first female member of the Confrerie Pictura,  Ruysch was called to court by Johann Wilhelm II, the Elector Palatine, and spent almost 10 years in Düsseldorf. At her death in 1750 Ruysch had already achieved fame and recognition and her work was highly valued and sought after by museums and collectors.

Some of her notable works include:

Roses, Convolulus, Poppies and Other Flowers in an Urn on a Stone Ledge


Ruysch, Rachel. Roses, Convolvulus, Poppies and Other Flowers in an Urn on a Stone Ledge, ca. 1680s, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC.

Still-life with Fruit, Flowers, and Insects


Ruysch, Rachel. Still-life with Fruit, Flowers, and Insects, c. 1711, Uffizi Gallery, Florence, Italy.

Basket of Flowers


Ruysch, Rachel. Basket of Flowers, c 1711, Uffizi Gallery, Florence, Italy.

For more information on Rachel Ruysch visit:

National Museum of Women in the Arts

The National Gallery 

Virtual Uffizi Gallery