Balthasar van der Ast "Still Life of Variegated Tulips in a Ceramic Vase, with a Wasp, Dragonfly, Butterfly and Lizard" 1625 (detail) Balthasar van der Ast (1593/94 – 1657) Dutch Golden Age painter. oil on oak panel Private collection
One of my favourite artists is a Dutch female Golden Age floral painter Rachel Ruysch (1664-1750). Rachel Ruysch had 10 children and kept painting till she was 84. This painting is named: "Flower still life with butterflies at a stone bank". More on her you find on my blog at: http://mindfuldrawing.com/2011/01/22/rachel-ruysch-1664-1750/ Paula Kuitenbrouwer at www.paulakuitenbrouwer.com
The Night Watch by Rembrandt van Rijn, 1640 - 1642. Rembrandt painted The Militia Company of Captain Frans Banning Cocq between 1640 and 1642. This picture was called the Nachtwacht by the Dutch and the Night Watch by Sir Joshua Reynolds.