GARZONI, Giovanna
(b. 1600, Ascoli Piceno, d. 1670, Roma)

Ranunculus with Two Almonds and a Hymenopteran

Tempera and traces of black pencil on vellum, 537 x 411 mm
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence

This work is one of the four studies of plants kept in the Uffizi, Florence.

In the present work the artist depicts a Ranunculus asiaticus plant, two almonds, and an insect hymenopteran. While the influence of botanical artist Jacopo Ligozzi is evident, Garzoni most likely would have been able to view drawings by northern artists as well as a range of natural history objects. Garzoni, preceded by Ligozzi and followed by Bimbi, had the opportunity to closely observe plant and flower species from the Medicean gardens.

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