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Still Life with Plate of Blackberries, Antilles Cherries and Hazelnuts in a Landscape
Meléndez, Luis Egidio
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Meléndez, Luis Egidio

Naples, 1716 - Madrid, 1780

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Still Life with Plate of Blackberries, Antilles Cherries and Hazelnuts in a Landscape

1774. Oil on canvas Not on display

This painting’s realistic appearance is generated with delicate chiaroscuro effects that bring out different parts of the painting, and enhanced by the outdoor effect created by the landscape in the background. The result is a jovial image in which the elements seem to be arranged by chance. That intention is betrayed, however, by the desire for order revealed by an almost terraced arrangement generated in this outdoor setting by a series of small surfaces that bear the fruit and objects. Antilles cherries were quite a common fruit in the 18th century and they appear in other still lifes by Meléndez. Hazelnuts, however, do not appear in any other known painting by that artist.

Here, they are painted with spontaneous brushstrokes that give them the appearance of having been recently picked. Their leafy outer skin curls and swells with natural vitality. The sense of reality conveyed by the apparently casual arrangement of the fruit on the ground—as if it had just fallen from the trees—is contradicted by the blackberries on the plate, which are clearly presented to the viewer as if waiting to be eaten at a repast al fresco. The fruit appears in the immediate foreground, where it is daringly juxtaposed with the view of the landscape in the distance. The Museo del Prado has four other canvases of this type (P922, P923, P939 and P940), which are actually two pairs with opposing compositions. The present work probably had a companion as well, in which the motives would have been presented from right to left (Text from Luna, J. J. : El bodegón español en el Prado. De Van der Hamen a Goya, Museo Nacional del Prado, 2008, p. 124).

Technical data

Inventory number
P007931
Author
Meléndez, Luis Egidio
Title
Still Life with Plate of Blackberries, Antilles Cherries and Hazelnuts in a Landscape
Date
1774
Technique
Oil
Support
Canvas
Dimension
Height: 37.5 cm.; Width: 49.5 cm.
Provenance
Acquisition from the Rosendo Naseiro Collection, 2006

Bibliography +

Espinosa Martín, María del Carmen, Aportes documentales a los bodegones de Luis Meléndez, Boletín del Museo del Prado, 10, 1989, pp. 67-77.

Luna, Juan José, 'Novedades y cuadros inéditos de Luis Meléndez' en El arte en tiempos de Carlos III, Madrid, 1989, pp. 373-375.

Cherry, Peter, Luis Meléndez: bodegones, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2004, pp. nº27.

Lo fingido verdadero. Bodegones de la colección Naseiro adquiridos para el Prado, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2006, pp. 84.

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. 124/125.

Maurer, G., Goya: lo bello y lo recóndito. En: La belleza encerrada: de Fra Angelico a Fortuny, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2013, pp. 362.

Mena Marqués, M.; Albarrán, V., La belleza encerrada: de Fra Angelico a Fortuny, folleto, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2013, pp. 49 n.211.

Mena Marqués, M.; Albarrán, V., Azúa, F. de, La belleza cautiva. Pequeños tesoros del Museo del Prado, Museo del Prado - Obra Social ''La Caixa'', Barcelona, 2014, pp. 169.

Prado captive beauty: treasures from the Prado Museum, Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, 2015, pp. n.81.

Other inventories +

Inv. Nuevas Adquisiciones (iniciado en 1856). Núm. 2731.

Exhibitions +

Captive Beauty. Treasures from The Prado Museum
Tokio
10.10.2015 - 31.01.2016

Captive Beauty. Small Treasures at the Prado Museum
Barcelona
16.07.2014 - 05.01.2015

Captive Beauty. Fra Angelico to Fortuny
Madrid
21.05.2013 - 10.11.2013

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

Displayed objects +

Plate

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

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