Balthasar van der Ast

(c. 1593 - 1657)
Balthasar van der Ast was a Dutch Golden Age painter who specialized in still lifes of flowers and fruit, as well as painting a number of remarkable shell still lifes; he is considered to be a pioneer in the genre of shell painting. His still lifes often contain insects and lizards.

He was born in Middelburg and died in Delft.

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