Rachel Ruysch (1664 - 1750) was a Dutch artistic prodigy who lived to the age of 85 (in a time when such a thing was a feat in itself) and spent most of that long lifetime creating. Her last painting is dated when Ruysch was 83.
Only one of a handful of recognized women artists working during the 17th/18th century Dutch Golden Age, Ruysch was born in The Hague but the family moved to Amsterdam when she was three. She was the daughter of famed anatomist and botanist Frederik Ruysch. Early on, Ruysch and her sister were allowed to study under master flower painter Willem Van Aeist.
Ruysch later married fellow painter, Jurriaen Pool, and together they had ten children. But she still managed to keep working for the entirety of her busy and productive life and left behind many gorgeous still life 'captures' of blowzy flowers usually set against dark backgrounds and adorned (if one looks closely) with insects such as butterflies, beetles and the like.
For more about the remarkable Dutch master painter Rachel Ruysch, please go to this link.
And also to this one at the online Dictionary of Dutch Women.
To see two absolutely incredible close-ups of Ruysch's finely detailed work, go here to Jacques de Beaufort's blog.