Inventory number
P07907
Author
Hamen y León, Juan van der (Spanish)
Title
Still life with Artichokes, Flowers and Glass Vessels
Chronology
1627
Technique
Óleo
Support
Lienzo
Dimensions
81 cm x 110 cm
School
Española
Theme
Naturaleza muerta
On display
Yes
Provenance
Colección del I Marqués de Leganés, 1652-1655; colección de los condes de Altamira, Madrid, 1711; adquisición colección Rosendo Naseiro, 2006.

Juan van der Hamen was the main still life painter in the court during the early decades of the seventeenth century. In 1627, he signed this still life in which he combines fruit, flowers and vessels on different planes. The work is a masterful mixture of his taste for an unhurried, detailed and individualized depiction of objects —in keeping with the beginnings of this genre in Spain— and a clever composition that makes this one of the most elegant still lifes of its time. The shapes, highlights and textures of the earthenware and glass vessels define the composition and emphasize its overall richness and delicacy. In the artist's career, this work marks a perfect equilibrium between the compositional sobriety of his first still lifes and the colorful crowdedness of his later works.

 
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