Art Sunday #129: Balthasar van der Ast – Flowers in a Vase with Shells and Insects


Balthasar van der Ast (1593/94 – 7 March 1657) 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.

His lifetime of works was once summarized by an Amsterdam doctor who said, “In flowers, shells and lizards, beautiful”


Looking out my back door this morning


Miss Lily let loose with one of those deep growls of hers and I knew something was invading her space.  Yeh.  I was visited by one of those ferocious Minnesota Wingless Tree Dragons who thought the bird feed would make an excellent Sunday morning breakfast.  I chased it off.  It will be back.