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The Poultry Vendor
Loarte, Alejandro de
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Loarte, Alejandro de

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

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The Poultry Vendor

1626. Oil on canvas. Room 008A

This is Loarte’s most ambitious work among his still lifes. A depiction of a market stall in the Plaza de Zocodover in Toledo, it marks the end of a career cut short by the artist’s early death. Brushwork, colour and lighting are used to create a composition of notable visual impact, of which another version of the same date is known.

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Inventory number
Loarte, Alejandro de
The Poultry Vendor
Height: 166 cm.; Width: 128 cm.
Marina Carasso Collection; acquired by the State, through a nonrecourse debt, for the Prado Museum, 2011.

Bibliography +

Méndez Casal, M., El pintor Alejandro de Loarte, Revista española de arte, 1934, pp. 187-202.

Angulo Íñiguez, Diego, Historia de la pintura española: escuela toledana de la primera mitad del siglo XVII, Instituto Diego Velázquez, Madrid, 1972, pp. 207-226, n. 97.

Cherry, Peter, Arte y naturaleza: el bodegón español en el siglo de oro, Ediciones Doce Calles, Madrid, 1999, pp. 87-93.

Scheffer, F., Das Spanische Stillenben des 17. Jahrhunderts, Frankfurt Am Main, 2000, pp. 379-382.

Bernis, C., El traje y los tipos sociales de El Quijote, Madrid, 2001, pp. 368-389.

Ruiz Gómez, Leticia, Alejandro de Loarte, 'La gallinera' En: Memoria de actividades 2011, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2012, pp. 46-48.

Ruiz Gómez, Leticia, 'Alejandro de Loarte. La Gallinera' En:, La moda española en el Siglo de Oro, Junta de Comunidades de Castilla-La Mancha. Fundación Cultura y Deporte, 2015, pp. 319.

Portús, Javier, Velázquez and the Celebration of Painting: The Golden Age in the Museo del Prado, The Yomiuri Shimbun: The National Museum of Western Art, Tokio, 2018, pp. n.48.

Other inventories +

Inv. Nuevas Adquisiciones (iniciado en 1856). Núm. 2821.

Exhibitions +

Velázquez and the Golden Age
16.11.2018 - 03.03.2019

Velázquez and the Celebration of Painting: the Golden Age in the Museo del Prado
13.06.2018 - 14.10.2018

Velázquez and the Celebration of Painting: the Golden Age in the Museo del Prado
24.02.2018 - 27.05.2018

Velázquez and the Celebration of Painting: the Golden Age in the Museo del Prado
20.02.2018 - 27.05.2018

Indumentaria Española en el Siglo de Oro
28.03.2015 - 14.06.2015

Location +

Room 008A (On Display)


Displayed objects +

Foodstuffs: Menudillos

Clothing / Dress: La joven está cubierta con una túnica "de rebozo". Mientras que la indumentaria del muchacho consiste en ropilla, montera, valona, y muy probablemente , un herreruelo sobre el hombro derecho.

Update date: 26-11-2020 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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