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Still Life with Fruit and Game
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Still Life with Fruit and Game

1651. Oil on canvas

Unlike its pendant (P7762), which reflects a more urban setting, the present painting conveys a more rustic atmosphere. A roughly woven basket with fruit—especially grapes, which drape over the front—is accompanied by a melon, one slice of which rests in front of the basket. A hare and various birds rest on, or hang over, a stone block, flanked by a bloody knife and a loaf of bread, all on an unmistakably rough stone surface. Both its composition and its constituent elements make this work an excellent example of the still life’s peculiar evolution at the court in Madrid around the middle of the 17th century, when successive domestic and international crises were leading the Spanish Habsburg monarchy into an irreversible decline that even affected the family itself.

In Portús’s opinion, this work’s aesthetic and technical characteristics recall a canvas attributed to Mateo Cerezo (P3159), although there are natural differences that argue against attributing it to him. Overall, it is rather mediocre, and not as polished as the works of other known artists. It draws on Van der Hamen and even Loarte, indicating that its creator moved in relatively narrow circles with respect to the still-life genre. It does, however, offer knowledge of still lifes in the court of Madrid around the middle of the 16th century, while simultaneously reflecting the influences of later artists—specifically the two mentioned above, but also some others. Still, its rustic interpretation of reality fails to achieve the detailed refinement and criteria that make many pieces by this artist’s contemporaries true masterworks (Text from Luna, J. J.: El bodegón español en el Prado. De Van der Hamen a Goya, Museo Nacional del Prado, 2008, p. 92).

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Kitchen Still Life
Oil on canvas, 1651
Inventory number
P007763
Author
Anonymous
Title
Still Life with Fruit and Game
Date
1651
Technique
Oil
Support
Canvas
Dimension
Height: 77.5 cm.; Width: 106.5 cm.
Provenance
Acquired from Christie's Ibérica for the Museo del Prado, 2000

Bibliography +

Adquisiciones del año 2000, Museo del Prado: Memoria de Actividades, Madrid, 2000, pp. 45.

Obras adscritas al Museo Nacional del Prado en el año 2000, Boletín del Museo del Prado, XIX, 2001, pp. 203.

Portús, Javier, La Colección de Pintura Española en el Museo del Prado, Edilupa, Madrid, 2003, pp. 144.

Luna, Juan J., El bodegón español en el Prado: de Van der Hamen a Goya, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2008, pp. 92/93.

Other inventories +

Inv. Nuevas Adquisiciones (iniciado en 1856). Núm. 2577.

Exhibitions +

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

Displayed objects +

Basketry: Cesta

Decorative object and tableware: Cuchillo

Update date: 25-07-2019 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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