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Kite attacking a Henhouse
March, Miguel
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March, Miguel

Valencia (?), 1633 - Valencia, 1670

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Kite attacking a Henhouse

1650 - 1670. Oil on canvas Not on display

Miguel March is known primarily for his religious paintings, but this Valencian artist also painted genre scenes—especially still lifes with domestic settings of the sort presented here. Portús (2006: 26), considers this work important for the intellectual history of the still life in Spain, and he adds that Marcos Antonio Orellana refers to it in an 18th-century text as a beautiful canvas showing a kite attacking a henhouse, where the rooster and egg-laying hens fearfully rise up to defend their chicks, all rendered with beautiful naturalness. Moreover, the contents of this work are not limited to a mere depiction of the event, as a sheet of paper that appears as if by chance in the lower left corner of the canvas bears some verses by March himself, which clarify that, as with all still lifes, the painter has blurred the border separating reality and imagination in order to convert fiction into a new reality.

The scene takes place outside a hut and is particularly violent in its depiction of a fight between different types of birds: the raptor diving down from the sky, and the domestic fowl rushing to defend their offspring. The highly dynamic foreground contrasts with the distant buildings and mountain range in the background. Along with the patches of sky among the clouds, these are the only touches of cool colors, unlike the decidedly warm tones that dominate the rest of the canvas. Infrequent in Spanish animal paintings, this work’s general characteristics more closely resemble Flemish or even Dutch painting, where the subject matter is quite common and often linked to the interpretation of fables or allegories that were well known in that period (text from Luna, J. J.: El bodegón español en el Prado. De Van der Hamen a Goya, Museo Nacional del Prado, 2008, p. 98).

Technical data

Inventory number
P007927
Author
March, Miguel
Title
Kite attacking a Henhouse
Date
1650 - 1670
Technique
Oil
Support
Canvas
Dimension
Height: 113.5 cm.; Width: 136.5 cm.
Provenance
Manuel Fúster, Valencia, eighteenth century; Rosendo Naseiro Collection, Madrid; acquired for the Prado Museum, 2006

Bibliography +

Orellana, Marcos Antonio De, Biografia Pictorica Valentina O Vida de los Pintores, Arquit..., Ayuntamiento, Valencia, 1967, pp. 213.

Lo fingido verdadero. Bodegones de la colección Naseiro adquiridos para el Prado, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2006, pp. 81, nº 26.

Portús Pérez, Javier, Memoria de Actividades 2006, Museo Nacional del Prado, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2007, pp. 20-30.

Natures mortes de Sánchez Cotán a Goya a l'entorn de la col...., Museu Nacional d'Art de Cataluny, Barcelona, 2007.

Luna, Juan J., El bodegón español en el Prado: de Van der Hamen a Goya, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2008, pp. 98.

Portús, Javier, Velázquez and the Celebration of Painting: The Golden Age in the Museo del Prado, The Yomiuri Shimbun: The National Museum of Western Art, Tokio, 2018, pp. n.49.

Other inventories +

Inv. Nuevas Adquisiciones (iniciado en 1856). Núm. 2727.

Exhibitions +

Velázquez and the Golden Age
Barcelona
16.11.2018 - 03.03.2019

Velázquez and the Celebration of Painting: the Golden Age in the Museo del Prado
Kobe
13.06.2018 - 14.10.2018

Velázquez and the Celebration of Painting: the Golden Age in the Museo del Prado
Tokio
24.02.2018 - 27.05.2018

Velázquez and the Celebration of Painting: the Golden Age in the Museo del Prado
Tokio
20.02.2018 - 27.05.2018

El bodegón español en el Prado
Alcoi
24.03.2011 - 26.06.2011

El bodegón español en el Prado
Murcia
11.03.2010 - 06.06.2010

El bodegón español en el Prado
Valladolid
12.10.2009 - 14.02.2010

El bodegón español en el Prado
25.06.2009 - 20.09.2009

El bodegón español en el Prado
31.03.2009 - 31.05.2009

El bodegón español en el Prado
24.09.2008 - 30.11.2008

Naturalezas muertas. De Sánchez Cotán a Goya. En el entorno de la Colección Naseiro
Barcelona
26.03.2007 - 24.06.2007

Lo fingido verdadero. Bodegones españoles de la colección Naseiro adquiridos para el Prado.<br />
Madrid
24.10.2006 - 07.01.2007

Update date: 25-05-2019 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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