Her contemporaries did not pay attention to her still lifes of fruit. She is the pioneer of this pictorial genre that will become more important over the centuries, culminating with Cézanne and Gauguin. Her intention with this innovation has not been documented. For her predecessors including Caravaggio, this theme was only a modello to be introduced into animated compositions.
In 1998 an oil on panel 31 x 45 cm surfaced. It is the only still life by Galizia that is signed, with the monogram FG, and dated, 1607. The date is significant : in the previous year Jan Brueghel created his first paintings of bouquets of flowers to satisfy the naturalistic taste of the archbishop of Milan.
This dated painting offers a symmetrical composition, broken only by the arrangement of some fruits placed directly on the table, the others being raised in a transparent tazza. The lighting is frontal, unlike the light studies that will soon be done by Claesz and Heda in their breakfast paintings. In this simple composition, the highest care is given to the texture of the fruits.
Galizia's corpus of still lifes often includes autograph copies. The dated version is certainly a prototype, and perhaps even the earliest of them. This composition of peaches and quinces along with a few jasmine flowers was sold for £ 1.56M including premium by Sotheby's on July 8, 2015.
A very similar painting mostly differentiated by the appearance of a grasshopper was sold for $ 1.64M including premium by Christie's on April 6, 2006. The catalog of the auction house indicated a pristine state bringing a crystalline sharpness. This oil on panel 31 x 43 cm is estimated $ 2M for sale by Sotheby's in New York on January 30, lot 42.
SOLD for $ 2.4M including premium