Inventory number
P00922
Author
Meléndez, Luis Egidio
Title
Pomegranates, apples, haws and grapes in a landscape
Chronology
1771
Technique
Oil
Support
Canvas
Dimensions
62,5 cm x 84 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)


Meléndez has managed to integrate different fruits in a disordered thematic association that combines open pomegranates —showing the richness of their transparent seeds— with grapes, elongated apples and haws. The composition is structured in an original manner: the base is the smooth surface of a stone with irregular edges. The setting is a landscape with trees in semi-darkness silhouetted against the cloudy sky.

 
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