(b. 1578, Milano, d. 1630, Milano)

Cherries in a Silver Compote

Oil on panel, 28 x 42 cm
Private collection

Although Fede Galizia in her time was recognized and praised for her portraits and altarpieces, she is now mainly remembered as a still-life painter. She worked on a small scale and her paintings are executed with exquisite finesse on panel. Her naturalism was an inspiration to subsequent Italian still-life painters, most notably Panfilo Nuvolone, also from Milan.

The present still-life depicts cherries in a silver compote with crabapples on a stone ledge and a fritillary butterfly.