Women of the Mauritshuis
Rachel Ruysch (1664 - 1750) broke the glass ceiling. She grew up in a house full of jars containing preserved human remains. Her father was the famous anatomist and botanist Frederik Ruysch. He recognised Rachel’s talent and when she was 15 sent her to train with Willem van Aelst, a famous artist. This was very unusual for a girl at that time. If you were from a poor family, you had to work from a young age. If you were from a rich family, like Rachel Ruysch, you were in fact expected not to work, but to prepare yourself for marriage and motherhood. Why did Rachel Ruysch pay absolutely no attention to these conventions?