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Still Life with Römer, Silver Tazza and Bread Roll
Claesz., Pieter
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Claesz., Pieter

Berchem (Belgium), 1596 - Haarlem, 1660

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Still Life with Römer, Silver Tazza and Bread Roll

1637. Oil on canvas.
Room 076

This still life forms part of the group of paintings Vroom dubbed monochrome banketjes or monochrome still lifes which were started in 1629 by Willem Claesz. Heda, but which Pieter Claesz. cultivated with equal mastery, to the point that these two painters are considered its leading exponents. The work is dated 1637 and signed with Claesz´s typical monogram and the enigmatic word TÉNESIUS In Brunner-Bulst`s view (2004), this could be an erroneous Latin form of Tienen or Tirlemont from the Latin Tenensis, a small town in the province of Brabant which could, therefore, be the painter´s birthplace.

From a stylistic viewpoint, the still life has all the features and compositional elements of the monochrome typology. On the table, covered in a green cloth and placed against a neutral background, items from a dinner service -glasses of the Roemer and Berkemeyer type, a silver tazza, pewter plates and a knife- as well as certain kinds of food -walnuts, bread and lemons- are spread out in a specific order that enables the painter to demonstrate his skill with perspective and foreshortening. The objects depicted are part of the set of household articles that would have been owned by the well-to-do classes and were all made in the Netherlands, except the tazza, which was imported from Italy. The light entering from a source on the left, outside the picture, creates a monotone range of greens and greyish browns, characteristic of this type of still life. The metal and glass objects in the painting share the same rounded, concave and convex shapes.

Of the Claesz. output today considered to have been painted by the artist himself, the tazza shown here only appears on one other occasion, in a still life dated 1635 (Brunner-Bulst 2004, no. 62, private collection) (Posada Kubissa, T.: Pintura holandesa en el Museo Nacional del Prado. Catálogo razonado, 2009, pp. 300-301).


Technical data

Inventory number
Claesz., Pieter
Still Life with Römer, Silver Tazza and Bread Roll
Height: 83 cm; Width: 66 cm
Bequest of Pedro Fernández Durán y Bernaldo de Quirós, 1931

Bibliography +

Salas, Xavier de, Museo del Prado. Catálogo de las pinturas, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1972.

Valdivieso, Enrique, Pintura Holandesa del siglo XVII en españa, Universidad, Valladolid, 1973.

Vroom, N.R.A., A Modest Message As Intimated by the Painters of the Monochr, Interbook International B.V., Schiedam, 1980, pp. vol. I: nº82; vol. II: nº111.

Bergstrom, Ingvar, Dutch Still-Life Painting in the Seventeenth Century, Hacker Art Books, New York, 1983, pp. 114-123.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Catálogo de las pinturas, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1985, pp. 145-146.

Buendía, José Rogelio, El Prado. Colecciones de Pintura, Lunwerg Editores, Barcelona, 1994, pp. 453.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Museo del Prado. Inventario general de pinturas (III). Nuevas Adquisiciones. Museo Iconográfico. Tapices., Museo del Prado, Espasa Calpe, Madrid, 1996.

Berger Hochstrasser, Julie, ''Feasting the Eye: Painting and Reality in the Seventeenth-Century Bancketje'' en: Still-Life Paintings From the Netherlands 1550-1720, Waanders Printers, Amsterdam, 1999, pp. 73-85.

Wallert, A., Still Lifes: Techniques and Style. The Examination of Paintings from the Rijsmuseum, Amsterdam, 1999, pp. 9.

El bodegón, Galaxia GutenbergCírculo de Lectores, Madrid, 2000.

Brunner-Bulst, Martina, Pieter Claesz Der Hauptmeister des Haarlemer Stillebens Im..., Luca Verlag, Lingen, 2004, pp. 134 y 175.

Posada Kubissa, Teresa, Pintura holandesa en el Museo Nacional del Prado. Catálogo razonado, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2009, pp. 50-51.

Other inventories +

Inv. Nuevas Adquisiciones (iniciado en 1856). Núm. 1583.
Autor, Claeszon / 1583. Asunto, Bodegón. / Tabla, 83 x 66 cm. / Nº Catálogo 2753. / Legado de Fernandez Durán, en 1930...

Inscriptions +

PC / TÉNESIUS / 1637 [a la izquierda de la copa]
Signed and dated. Front, left side

Inscribed. Stretcher, upper crossbeam

Exhibitions +

Dutch Painters at the Prado
03.12.2009 - 11.04.2010

Location +

Room 076 (On Display)


Displayed objects +


Glass, Berkemeyer: Copa Berkemeyer, de paredes gruesas, boca ancha y cáliz cónico, sobre gruesa pierna cilíndrica y hueca, decorada con cabujones puntiagudos; representada vacía y boca abajo

Glass, Römer: Copa Römer, de gran tamaño, de cáliz abombado y ligeramente cerrado en su boca, sobre pierna cilíndrica ancha y hueca, decorada con cabujones de vidrio puntiagudos

Decorative object and tableware: Copa Roemer, tazza de plata, platos de peltre y cuchillo
Siglo XVII

Update date: 11-04-2022 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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