A Baroque painter of the seventeenth century, Giovanna Garzoni was one of the first woman artists to practice still life painting. She was likely influenced by the work of Jacopo Ligozzi and the painters of the Medici court. Even during her own lifetime her works were highly coveted and achieved high prices. Her work was usually executed in tempera paint on vellum and she was especially known for her skill in depicting plants, birds, and insects. She also made scientific drawings. In her staged and highly realistic still lives, she would gather objects, plants, and animal subjects from across the globe to create eclectic and dynamic scenes.