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The Fruit Vendors
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1650
Espinosa, Jerónimo Jacinto
The Fruit Vendors
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1650
Espinosa, Jerónimo Jacinto

A poor student is handing over some coins to a fruit-seller as he makes a knot in the handkerchief, clinched in his teeth, to put away the change. On the right side, in the immediate foreground, a young man biting on a chunk of melon stares at us. He is holding a basket full of fruit, which, besides the melons on the left, is one of the most attractive parts of this splendid “still life with figur

Still Life with a silver beaker and a clock
Oil on panel. 1633
Heda, Willem Claesz
Still Life with a silver beaker and a clock
Oil on panel. 1633
Heda, Willem Claesz

In addition to the Roemer goblet, other glasses common in this kind of monochrome still life presented here include the Berkemeyer, in this case tipped over and broken, and the delicate Façon-de-Venise wineglass, in fashion at the time and likewise made in the Netherlands. Also featured is an exquisitely decorated silver goblet. Alongside them is a knife with a sheath and an open clock that

Still Life with a Maid
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1633
Snyders, Frans
Still Life with a Maid
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1633
Snyders, Frans

This opulent still-life scene typical of the Baroque Flemish school includes a human figure and two animals, as was common in the period, in accordance with the tastes of the clients, whose wealth and prosperity was also reflected in this genre of paintings. Snyders´ clientele were members of the nobility and haute bourgeoisie who were interested in his paintings as testimonies to wealth as well a

Abundance and the Four Elements
Oil on panel. Ca. 1615
Balen, Hendrick Van; Brueghel The Elder, Jan (Jan 'velvet' Brueghel)
Abundance and the Four Elements
Oil on panel. Ca. 1615
Balen, Hendrick Van; Brueghel The Elder, Jan (Jan 'velvet' Brueghel)

Abundance, personified by Ceres, goddess of fertility and agriculture, sits in front of a thicket of reeds at the edge of a forest. She has adorned her hair with wheat spikes -her attribute- and bears the horn of plenty under her left arm. Earth sits at her feet, offering her one of her fruits, she is personified by Flora, goddess of the earth and also of spring, which explains the flowers in her

Still Life with Oysters, Garlic, Eggs, Pot and Pan
Oil on canvas. 1772
Meléndez, Luis Egidio
Still Life with Oysters, Garlic, Eggs, Pot and Pan
Oil on canvas. 1772
Meléndez, Luis Egidio

This highly original still life presents various oysters in the fore and middle grounds—a relatively infrequent element in Meléndez’s paintings. The foreground is completed by some cloves of garlic and a decorated ceramic plate, probably from Talavera. Behind them, the powerful volume of an enormous copper pot vies for the leading role in this composition. It is tilted, as one edge rests on

Still Life with Cardoon, Francolin, Grapes and Irises
Oil on canvas. 1628
Ramírez, Felipe
Still Life with Cardoon, Francolin, Grapes and Irises
Oil on canvas. 1628
Ramírez, Felipe

Because this work is signed and dated, it reveals the existence of a painter by the name of Felipe Ramírez, although art historians know virtually nothing else about him. This lovely example of his work makes it clear, however, that he continued the tradition of the variety of still life cultivated by Juan Sánchez Cotán (1560-1627), an artist who is considered the most origina

The Kitchen
Oil on panel. 1643
Teniers The Younger, David
The Kitchen
Oil on panel. 1643
Teniers The Younger, David

This is a singular example of David Teniers´ indoor scenes. The kitchen or tavern utensils so common in his other works are completed here with a magnificent show of diverse fruit and vegetables. This converts the right part of the composition into a still life. On the left, a character shells mussels, a traditional foodstuff in the Low Countries, while another group works beside the fireplace. Th

Still Life with Römer, Silver Tazza and Bread Roll
Oil on canvas. 1637
Claesz., Pieter
Still Life with Römer, Silver Tazza and Bread Roll
Oil on canvas. 1637
Claesz., Pieter

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 I

Still Life with Cucumbers, Tomatoes and Vessels
Oil on canvas. 1774
Meléndez, Luis Egidio
Still Life with Cucumbers, Tomatoes and Vessels
Oil on canvas. 1774
Meléndez, Luis Egidio

El autor ha procurado conjugar los componentes más característicos de una sencilla ensalada, aprovechando al tiempo el asunto para mostrar junto a los pepinos y tomates -contrastados merced a su diversidad de tonalidades-,un lebrillo de Alcorcón tapado con un plato que sin duda pertenece al grupo que figura en torre a su lado, todos de Puente del Arzobispo; se añaden una vinagrera, una alcuza y un

Cats fighting in a Larder
Oil on canvas. 1630 - 1640
Vos, Paul de
Cats fighting in a Larder
Oil on canvas. 1630 - 1640
Vos, Paul de

With the owners or house servants away, the animals sneak into the larder, giving free rein to their instincts. This leads to a fight. Scenes of animal fights in domestic settings were customary in mid-seventeenth-century Flemish painting. They were also frequent in the literature of proverbs, where they were interpreted as moral allusions to the abandonment of responsibilities and their consequen

The Sense of Taste
Oil on panel. 1618
Rubens, Peter Paul; Brueghel The Elder, Jan (Jan 'velvet' Brueghel)
The Sense of Taste
Oil on panel. 1618
Rubens, Peter Paul; Brueghel The Elder, Jan (Jan 'velvet' Brueghel)

This set of paintings on the five senses (Sight, Hearing, Smell, Taste, Touch) was one of the most successful collaborations of Peter Paul Rubens and Jan Brueghel “the Elder”. Rubens placed his figures in the magnificent courtly scenes created by Brueghel as settings for these allegories of the senses, resulting in a series of enormous quality and esthetic appeal. The subject was widely employed i

Still Life with Partridges, Onions, Garlic and Vessels
Oil on canvas. Last third of the XVIII century
Meléndez, Luis Egidio
Still Life with Partridges, Onions, Garlic and Vessels
Oil on canvas. Last third of the XVIII century
Meléndez, Luis Egidio

Hunting subjects are rare in Meléndez's work. Here, two multicolored partridges are the composition's main theme. Alongside them, in the foreground, are two cloves of garlic, some paper packages and the onions. In the middle ground, two Alcorcón-style earthenware bowls hold three crockery plates with poppy decorations, probably from Talavera or Puente del Arzobispo. The painter's customary method

Still Life with Fruit and Vegetables
Oil on canvas. 1625
Hamen y León, Juan Van Der
Still Life with Fruit and Vegetables
Oil on canvas. 1625
Hamen y León, Juan Van Der

Juan van der Hamen y León attained notable fame as a painter of still lifes in the court in Madrid. His early death in 1631 explains the concentration of his works from the 1620s, a brief period that nevertheless offers an interesting evolution in the typologies of his paintings, suggesting that he was open to incorporating aspects of other artists´ work. Still life with fruits and vegetabl

Ceres and Pan
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1620
Rubens, Peter Paul (Workshop Of); Snyders, Frans
Ceres and Pan
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1620
Rubens, Peter Paul (Workshop Of); Snyders, Frans

As goddess of the Earth and agriculture, Ceres is depicted wearing a bundle of wheat spikes on her head. Beside her, Pan, the god of shepherds and herds, has a crown of oak leaves. Ceres symbolizes cultivated nature and Pan, wild nature. The horn of plenty and basket of fruit in their laps alludes to the fecundity and fertility of the Earth, which is strengthened by the fruit and vegetables strewn

Mountain Landscape with Hut and Vegetables
Oil on canvas. 1634 - 1639
Swanevelt, Herman Van
Mountain Landscape with Hut and Vegetables
Oil on canvas. 1634 - 1639
Swanevelt, Herman Van

The painting entered the Museum`s holdings as a work of the school of Jan Both, but it is listed as an original by the painter in the 1843 catalogue. In 1973 Valdivieso identifies it as one of the landscapes recorded in the Buen Retiro inventory of 1701 and proposes it be ascribed to Herman van Swanevelt. This attribution is backed by Luna (1984), Barghahn (1986) and Steland (2001 and forthcoming)

A Market
Oil on canvas. 1925
Fabrés y Costa, Antonio María
A Market
Oil on canvas. 1925
Fabrés y Costa, Antonio María

Still Life with Artichokes, Flowers and Glass Vessels
Oil on canvas. 1627
Hamen y León, Juan Van Der
Still Life with Artichokes, Flowers and Glass Vessels
Oil on canvas. 1627
Hamen y León, Juan Van Der

This magnificent painting once belonged to Diego Mexía Felípez de Guzmán, Marquis of Leganés, in whose collection it was inventoried in 1655. This collection of nearly 1300 paintings comprised works by some of the most important European painters of the time, including a great number of Flemish still lifes and genre paintings. Van der Hamen was represented by nine still

Still Life of Fruit and Vegetables
Oil on canvas. XVIII century
Aguirre, Ginés Andrés de
Still Life of Fruit and Vegetables
Oil on canvas. XVIII century
Aguirre, Ginés Andrés de

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