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Still life with basket of grapes and other fruits
Loarte, Alejandro de
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Loarte, Alejandro de

Madrid? (Sapain), 1590 - Toledo (Spain), 1626

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Still life with basket of grapes and other fruits

1624. Oil on canvas.
Room 008A

This work is an important addition to the Museo del Prado’s collection, as it is signed by an artist from the area of Toledo who made very few paintings. Indeed, the museum has only one other signed still life by him -The Chicken Seller (P08063)- and three more that are attributed to him: Saint John the Baptist (P01308), The Penitent Mary Magdalene (P01309) and The Miracle of Saint Bernard (P03489).

Alejandro de Loarte must have begun his short life in Madrid around 1595, learning his trade from his father, painter Jerónimo de Loarte, about whom we know nothing except that he was established at court. Alejandro must have settled in Toledo following his marriage in 1619. Between 1622 and his death in 1626, he made religious works for parish altars, devotional works for private clients and numerous canvases with landscapes, flowers, some portraits, and most of all, still lifes. His success is indicated by the fact that he had a workshop with helpers and apprentices.

This work has abundant bibliography, beginning with its first published mention by Méndez Casal in 1934. It was part of an exhibition dedicated to the Spanish Still Life organized by the Museo de Bellas Artes in Bilbao. On that occasion, José Milicua drew attention to the interesting manner in which Loarte evoked Sánchez Cotán’s formal, chromatic and compositional approach here. With his own personality and considerable success, the painter created a very measured painting that also recalls works by that moment’s leading still life painter from the School of Madrid: Juan Van der Hamen.

Technical data

Inventory number
Loarte, Alejandro de
Still life with basket of grapes and other fruits
Height: 81 cm; Width: 108.8 cm
Private collection, Madrid; Collection of Plácido Arango Arias; Bequest of Plácido Arango Arias, 2015.

Bibliography +

Méndez Casal, A., El pintor Alejandro de Loarte, XII/4, Sociedad Española de Amigos del Arte, 1934, pp. 187-202.

Pérez Sánchez, Alfonso E., Pintura española de bodegones y floreros de 1600 a Goya, Ministerio de Cultura, Madrid, 1983, pp. 37 nº9.

Jordan, W. B. (ed.), Spanish Still-Life in the Golden Age: 1600-1650, 1985, pp. 95-97.

Pérez Sánchez, Alfonso E., La nature morte espagnole du XVII sièecle a Goya, Office du Livre; Vilo, Friburgo, 1987, pp. 33, fig. 15; 35-36.

Jordan, W. B., Cherry, P., Spanish still life from Velazquez to Goya, National Gallery, Londres, 1995, pp. 57-58, fig. 40.

Jordan W. B., Spanish Still-Life Paintings from Sánchez Cotán to Goya, Londres, 1997, pp. 47-49, fig. 4.1.

Cherry, Peter, Arte y naturaleza: el bodegón español en el siglo de oro, Ediciones Doce Calles, Madrid, 1999, pp. 87-88, lám. XV.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Plácido Arango Arias. Donación de 25 obras maestras de su colección de arte antiguo al Museo del Prado, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2015, pp. n. 8.

Jordan, W.B, 'Alejandro de Loarte. Bodegón con cesta de uvas y otras frutas' En:, Donación de Plácido Arango Arias al Museo del Prado, Museo Nacional del Prado,, Madrid, 2016, pp. 36-37 n.9.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Memoria de actividades 2015, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2016, pp. 42-43.

Other inventories +

Inv. Nuevas Adquisiciones (iniciado en 1856). Núm. 2906.

Inscriptions +

Alexandro de loarte,/ Fat. 1624
Signed and dated. Front, lower area

Location +

Room 008A (On Display)


Displayed objects +


Update date: 31-05-2022 | Registry created on 24-08-2015

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