Inventory number
P07908
Author
Hamen y León, Juan van der
Title
Plate with sloes and cherries
Chronology
Ca. 1631
Technique
Oil
Support
Canvas
Dimensions
20 cm x 28 cm
School
Spanish
Theme
Still Life
On display
Yes
Provenance
Colección Rosendo Naseiro, Madrid; adquirido para el Museo del Prado, 2006.

Although Juan van der Hamen led Spanish still life painting to a high degree of sophistication, from the standpoint of his compositional solutions and his repertoire of depicted objects, he also made extraordinarily straightforward works throughout his short career. The latter demonstrate his capacity to meticulously and believably depict forms and textures. In fact, when he died, he was working on a series of twelve small fruit paintings that were probably quite similar to the present one, which coincides with one of the works listed in the collection of the King's silversmith, Andrés de Villarroel, in 1655. This painter from Madrid was not the only Spanish still-life painter to alternate complex and straightforward works, as can be seen in Juan de Arellano's Still Life with Fruit (Prado Museum, P07610).

 
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