Three Dragonflies and Five Smaller Insects, Johannes Bronkhorst, c. 1685 - c. 1727
Born in Leiden, Johannes Bronkhorst specialized in highly refined and detailed renderings of all kinds of birds and insects. The artist must have had exceptional motor skills. With the steadiest of hands, he succeeded in recording minute details on paper, for instance the gossamer-thin wings of the dragonfly in this drawing. He probably used a magnifying glass to study such details.