- Reference number
- Hamen y León, Juan van der (Spanish)
- Still life with sweets and crystal recipients
- 52 cm x 88 cm
- Naturaleza muerta
- On display
- Colección Real (Palacio del Buen Retiro, Madrid, 1701, s.n.; Buen Retiro, 1794, nº 115).
A narrow board bears a small selection of objects and victuals worthy of a snack. Their volumes and qualities are defined by the light, making the various elements stand out on a very dark background. The perceptible influence of Sánchez Cotán and the knowledge of Italian tenebrist painting made this the most unanimously admired still life by Van der Hamen.
The view of these sweets became a perfect trompe-l'oeil and an elegant invitation to taste candied fruit, wafers and mede, a drink of Moorish origin made with honey, water and aromatic spices whose sweetness explains the flies that hover over its flask. This work may have been intended to hang over a door.
It is signed and dated on the lower left corner.