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Weapons and Hunting Equipment
Victoria, Vicente
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Victoria, Vicente

Denia (Alicante), 1650 - Roma, 1713

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Weapons and Hunting Equipment

Ca. 1700. Oil on canvas. Not on display

Although this painting bears a curious apocryphal signature in large letters at the lower left corner of the canvas, Pérez Sanchez (1983) attributed it to Victoria in 1983 on the basis of its Valencian provenance and that clergyman’s (he was a canon) reputation for making works of this sort. But, while other collections have similar pieces, this attribution raises doubts that may eventually lead it to be reconsidered.

In fact, certain aspects of this work coincide with those of artists from outside the Spanish school, such as Jacobus Bitius (1633-1681). Cavestany considered it the work of Juan Bautista Martínez del Mazo (1605-1667), although that attribution is totally unsubstantiated. The white or light ivory background looks like a wall with a small hollow caused by an impact.

A variety of objects hang from nails or hooks, generating a brilliant trompe l’oeil effect whose admirable precision depends not only on the artist’s capacity to convey their textures but also on the shadows they cast. A gold pocket watch with its ribbon is accompanied by a sheathed hunting knife, two portable powder flasks—one to be worn on a bandolier and the other with its own strap—and two different pistols. According to Orihuela (1995. No. 25), the one at the center of the composition is a Spanish flintlock of the sort made by Ripoll, whose models were frequent in the 17th and 18th centuries. The one on the right is a French model that came into use around 1700. These different elements stand out against a light background that also enhances their sense of volume. The palette is practically monochromatic, with a narrow range of browns and ochers, and the contrasting gold and blue of the pocket watch is incidental, as are the dark gray shadows. Trompe l’oeil paintings were quite common in Spain during the 17th and 18th centuries—especially the latter. They are thought to have originated in Flanders and Holland, where they were painted with surprising skill. There are also cases from the French school, however. In fact, many European artists painted these imitations of reality intended to trick the senses (Text from Luna, J. J. : El bodegón español en el Prado. De Van der Hamen a Goya, Museo Nacional del Prado, 2008, p. 112).

Technical data

Inventory number
Victoria, Vicente
Weapons and Hunting Equipment
Ca. 1700
Height: 73 cm.; Width: 96 cm.
Legacy of Florencio D'Estoup y Garcerán, 1917.

Bibliography +

Catalogo de los cuadros que componen la galería de don José..., [s.n.], Murcia, 1865, pp. 91.

Cavestany, Julio, La caza en el arte. Catálogo de la seccion de arte retrospectivo expuesto en la Sociedad 'Amigos, Ministerio de Agricultura, Madrid, 1951.

Hernandez Perera, Jesus, La pintura española y el reloj, Roberto Carbonell S.A., Madrid, 1958, pp. 55.

López Rey, José, Velázquez: a catalogue raisonné of his oeuvre, Faber and Faber, Londres, 1963, pp. 181/ lám.202.

Camón Aznar, José, Velázquez, Espasa-Calpe, Madrid, 1964, pp. 329.

Evaristo Casariego, J., La caza en el arte español, El Viso, Madrid, 1982, pp. 177.

Pintura española de bodegones y floreros de 1600 a Goya /, Ministerio de Cultura, Dirección General de Bellas, Madrid, 1983, pp. 140.

Palomino de Castro y Velasco, Acisclo Antonio, Vidas, Alianza Editorial, Madrid, 1986, pp. 385.

Pérez Sánchez, Alfonso E., La nature morte espagnole du XVII sièecle a Goya /, Office du Livre ; Vilo, Friburgo, 1987, pp. 160.

La pintura española en su siglo de oro, Catálogo de la exposición, Galería de Bellas Artes de la Fundación Internacional Liudmila Yívkova, Sofía, 1989.

Museo Nacional del Prado, La belleza de lo real: floreros y bodegones españoles en el, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1995, pp. 111.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Museo del Prado: inventario general de pinturas, III, Museo del Prado, Espasa Calpe, Madrid, 1996.

Naturaleza y Verdad Siglos XVII al XX, Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes, Mexico, 1996.

Los Cinco Sentidos y el Arte, Servicio de Educacion y Accion Cult, Madrid, 1997, pp. 84.

Luna, Juan J., El bodegón español en el Prado: de Van der Hamen a Goya, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2008, pp. 112/113.

Bake-ituna / Tratado de Paz /Traité de Paix / Peace Treaty, Fundación Donostia/San Sebastián, San Sebastián, 2016, pp. G.5.1, 679.

Other inventories +

Inv. Nuevas Adquisiciones (iniciado en 1856). Núm. 1480.
Sigue el legado de D. Florencio d'Estrup / autor = Diego de Silva Velazquez / 1480. Asunto = Retrato de varias armas y arneses de caza (lienzo) / Dimensiones = alto = 0,73 ancho = 0,96

Exhibitions +

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

Tratado de Paz
San Sebastián
17.06.2016 - 02.10.2016

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
12.06.2015 - 20.09.2015

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

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

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

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

El bodegón español en el Prado
24.03.2011 - 26.06.2011

El bodegón español en el Prado
11.03.2010 - 06.06.2010

El bodegón español en el Prado
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

Naturaleza y verdad: Bodegones y flores (siglos XVII-XX)
México D.F.
28.11.1996 - 17.02.1997

La pintura española en su Siglo de Oro
16.03.1989 - 16.05.1989

Displayed objects +

Weapons / Arms: Cuerno de polvora


Knife: Cuchillo de monte

Object for personal use: Bandolera

Watch, Pocket: Reloj de bolsillo; de saboneta, con tapa de vidrio transparente.

Update date: 28-02-2020 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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