Inventory number
P00903
Author
Meléndez, Luis Egidio (Spanish)
Title
Sea-Bream and Oranges
Chronology
1772
Technique
Óleo
Support
Lienzo
Dimensions
42 cm x 62,2 cm
School
Española
Theme
Naturaleza muerta
On display
Yes
Provenance
Colección Real (Palacio Real Nuevo, Madrid, gabinete de historia natural del príncipe de Asturias, 1771; Casita del Príncipe, San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Madrid, 1778; Palacio de Aranjuez, Madrid, pabellón grande del embarcadero, h. 1785; Aranjuez, habitaciones del príncipe, h. 1800, nº 7; Aranjuez, pieza de cubierto del rey, 1818, nº 7).

Two sea-bream are the protagonists of this canvas, taking precedence over the other motives around them: a dish towel, a garlic bulb, some paper wrapping, probably filled with spices, two Alcorcón-style earthenware bowls, a long-handled pan, a mortar whose pestle extends into the background and an oil cruet. Along with the other surfaces, these reveal a careful study of light as a means of defining volume, diversifying tonalities and distinguishing materials.

 
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