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Pomegranates
Ponce, Antonio
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Ponce, Antonio

Valladolid, 1608 - Valladolid, 1667

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Pomegranates

Second quarter of the XVII - Tercer cuarto del siglo XVII century. Oil on canvas

Increasingly valued for the splendid series of works he made during the second and very nearly the third quarter of Spain’s Siglo de Oro, Antonio Ponce was from the generation after Van der Hamen. In fact, he was a relative of the elder painter, as well as his apprentice, which further reinforced his dependence.

Like his peers, he responded to the demand for works pertaining to specific subgenres of the still life, painting flower arrangements, and also garlands of flowers that frame a great variety of figurative scenes, mostly religious in nature. Of course he also took an interest in representing various types of food, especially fruits and vegetables, which often take the leading role in still lifes with a rich variety of motives presented in complex but highly attractive compositions.

Here, he draws the eye into a small canvas with a highly expressive presentation of fruit on a surface seen from above. Several pomegranates form a compact group whose distinctive characteristics and tactile qualities are skillfully rendered to produce a perfect sense of volume. The reflection of the fruit’s shiny surfaces conveys the textures and solid presence of these pieces, including their weight. It is as though the artist were offering them for sale at one of the markets then popular at the court in Madrid (Text drawn from Luna, J. J.: El bodegón español en el Prado. De Van der Hamen a Goya, Museo Nacional del Prado, 2008, p. 72).

Technical data

Inventory number
P007920
Author
Ponce, Antonio
Title
Pomegranates
Date
Second quarter of the XVII - Tercer cuarto del siglo XVII century
Technique
Oil
Support
Canvas
Dimension
Height: 25 cm.; Width: 35 cm.
Provenance
Rosendo Naseiro Collection, Madrid; acquired for the Museo del Prado, 2006.

Bibliography +

Cherry, Peter, Arte y naturaleza: el bodegón español en el siglo de oro, Ediciones Doce Calles, Madrid, 1999, pp. 207-208.

Lo fingido verdadero. Bodegones de la colección Naseiro adquiridos para el Prado, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2006, pp. 76, nº21.

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. 72/73.

Romero Asenjo, Rafael, El bodegón español en el siglo XVII : desvelando su naturale..., I & R, Madrid, 2009, pp. 252 / 1.

Naturalezas muertas en la España del Siglo de Oro, Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum, 2015, pp. 32-33 n.3.

Other inventories +

Inv. Nuevas Adquisiciones (iniciado en 1856). Núm. 2720.

Exhibitions +

Los bodegones del Siglo de Oro español. Obras Maestras del Museo del Prado
Nagasaki
23.04.2015 - 26.07.2015

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: 06-05-2019 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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