Barbara Regina Dietzsch

Born on September 22, 1706 in Nuremberg, Germany, Barbara Regina Dietzsch was the eldest in an artistic family who flourished during the 18th century. Her father, the landscape painter Johann Israel Dietzsch, taught her to paint with gouache on vellum. Dietzsch was particularly known for her luminous renderings of flowers and fruit in watercolor and gouache on a black or dark brown ground. Employed at the court of Nuremberg, she drew extensively for engravers there, including for the seminal Hortus Nitidissimis (1750-86).Dietzsch’s paintings are in private and public collections, including The National Gallery of Art, the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, and The Fitzwilliam Museum.