Inventory number
P00903
Author
Meléndez, Luis Egidio
Title
Still Life with Breams, Oranges, Garlic, Condiments, and Kitchen Utensils
Chronology
1772
Technique
Oil
Support
Canvas
Dimensions
42 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)

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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