AELST, Willem van
(b. 1627, Delft, d. ca. 1683, Amsterdam)

Still-Life with Fruit, Parrot, and Nautilus Pitcher

Oil on canvas, 77 x 102 cm
Galleria Palatina (Palazzo Pitti), Florence

This princely still-life is one of several variations on a theme made for Grand Duke Ferdinando II de' Medici and his brothers. The good things in life here include natural beauty, crafted artisanship, and a combination of the two in the adorned nautilus shell.