ROYEN, Willem Frederik van
(b. 1645, Haarlem, d. 1723, Berlin)

The Carrot

Oil on canvas, 35 x 26 cm
Märkisches Museum, Berlin

Well into the nineteenth century, Berlin was still among the most rustic of capitals, housing many farms within its confines. Berlin nurtured a most peculiar carrot which was immortalized by van Royen. Since Dürer's day, such nature studies had been important to German art and science, and were perpetuated in this clinical rendering of freakish growth.