(b. 1578, Milano, d. 1630, Milano)
Cherries in a Silver Compote-
Oil on panel, 28 x 42 cm
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.