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Still life with kitchenware and asparaguses
Arias, Ignacio
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Arias, Ignacio

Madrid, 1618 - Madrid, 1653

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Still life with kitchenware and asparaguses

Ca. 1652. Oil on canvas Not on display

This still life´s composition and the elements depicted therein make it an excellent example of that genre´s peculiar evolution in the Madrid court during the central decades of the 17th century.

It bears a curious resemblance to works known to be by Mateo Cerezo (1637-1666) and those attributed to his immediate circle, as well as to works by other artists of his time or immediately before. This work retains Van der Hamen´s stepped placement of elements on monumental stone surfaces to generate a sense of well-coordinated stability. Nonetheless, the distinction that characterizes Van der Hamen´s works is absent. The less orderly placement of the elements and the fact that their materials vary from refined silver and crystal to copper, pewter, bronze and clay, whose utilitarian sense, roughness or coarseness make them more appropriate for a kitchen than a dining room, imbue this work with a popular feeling far removed from the aristocratic sense of Van der Hamen´s paintings. The taste for bleeding meat probably comes from still lifes by Alejandro Loarte (ca. 1590-1626) and Mateo Cerezo.

There is an overall taste for the everyday, an emphasis on domestic settings with motifs extracted from the world of food and the utensils used to prepare it: animals skinned and prepared for stewing, magnificent bunches of asparagus for similar use, and of course, goblets, jugs, a mortar, cauldrons and so on. All of these elements convey aspects of daily life and constitute a valuable document for discovering their functionality in that context. Such a manifest variety of elements allows the artist to display his capacity to differentiate and depict qualities and textures believably with his brush. And this series of peculiarities that make the present still life so outstanding is complemented by a very appropriate and not-at-all pompous use of light, and a breadth of color whose balance reflects a carefully adjusted harmony of shades totally free of stridency. And yet, the relative rigidity and calculated organization of the elements seems somehow archaic, despite the intensely interpretative presentation in the context of this work´s naturalist tradition.

Technical data

Inventory number
P007922
Author
Arias, Ignacio
Title
Still life with kitchenware and asparaguses
Date
Ca. 1652
Technique
Oil
Support
Canvas
Dimension
Height: 115 cm.; Width: 147 cm.
Provenance
Collection of Rosendo Naseiro, Madrid; Acquisition for the Prado Museum, 2006

Bibliography +

Bergstrom, Ingvar, Maestros Españoles de bodegones y floreros del S. XVII, Insula, Madrid, 1970, pp. 70.

Pintura española de bodegones y floreros de 1600 a Goya /, Ministerio de Cultura, Dirección General de Bellas, Madrid, 1983, pp. 97.

Pérez Sánchez, Alfonso E. (1935-2010)), La nature morte espagnole du XVII sièecle a Goya /, Office du Livre ; Vilo, Friburgo, 1987, pp. 128.

Cherry, Peter, Arte y naturaleza: el bodegón español en el siglo de oro, Ediciones Doce Calles, Madrid, 1999, pp. 236-237.

Lo fingido verdadero. Bodegones de la colección Naseiro adquiridos para el Prado, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2006, pp. 78.

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. 96/97.

Other inventories +

Inv. Nuevas Adquisiciones (iniciado en 1856). Núm. 2722.

Exhibitions +

Los objetos hablan. Colecciones del Museo del Prado
Sevilla
01.10.2016 - 01.01.2017

Los objetos hablan. Colecciones del Museo del Prado
Valencia
01.06.2016 - 01.09.2016

Los objetos hablan. Colecciones del Museo del Prado
La Coruña
09.05.2016 - 29.05.2016

Los objetos hablan. Colecciones del Museo del Prado
Santa Cruz de Tenerife
15.10.2015 - 16.01.2016

Los objetos hablan. Colecciones del Museo del Prado
Cádiz
12.06.2015 - 20.09.2015

Los objetos hablan. Colecciones del Museo del Prado
Zaragoza
04.02.2015 - 17.05.2015

Los objetos hablan. Colecciones del Museo del Prado
Tarragona
17.09.2014 - 04.01.2015

Los objetos hablan. Colecciones del Museo del Prado
Lérida
14.02.2014 - 20.07.2014

Los objetos hablan. Colecciones del Museo del Prado
Gerona
23.10.2013 - 19.01.2014

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

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