Inventory number
P00902
Author
Meléndez, Luis Egidio
Title
Still Life with Salmon, Lemon and Three Vessels
Chronology
1772
Technique
Oil
Support
Canvas
Dimensions
41 cm x 62,2 cm
School
Spanish
Theme
Still Life
On display
Yes
Provenance
Royal Collection (New Royal Palace, Madrid, “gabinete de historia natural del príncipe de Asturias”, 1771; Casita del Príncipe, San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Madrid, 1778; Royal Palace of Aranjuez, Madrid, “pabellón grande del embarcadero”, ca. 1785; Aranjuez Palace, “habitaciones del príncipe”, ca. 1800, n. 7; Aranjuez Palace, “pieza de cubierto del rey”, 1818, n. 7)

This superb example of the artist's virtuosity at capturing elements with a direct and realistic language can be considered a work from late in his career. A sole lemon in the foreground offsets the group of elements consisting of a slice of fresh salmon and various cooking utensils, including a copper vessel, a pot of the same material and an Alcorcón style jug with a bit of crockery as a lid. A handle in the background might belong to a ladle. The surface on which these items sit disappears into the background. Its edge is emphasized by a spoon with a very long handle.

 
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