Inventory number
P00908
Author
Meléndez, Luis Egidio (Spanish)
Title
Two Partridges, Onions, Garlic and Vessels
Technique
Óleo
Support
Lienzo
Dimensions
41,6 cm x 62,3 cm
School
Española
Theme
Naturaleza muerta
On display
No
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).

Hunting subjects are rare in Meléndez's work. Here, two multicolored partridges are the composition's main theme. Alongside them, in the foreground, are two cloves of garlic, some paper packages and the onions. In the middle ground, two Alcorcón-style earthenware bowls hold three crockery plates with poppy decorations, probably from Talavera or Puente del Arzobispo. The painter's customary method is visible here, especially his tendency to value the pure volume of the larger objects, giving the work an almost architectural character.

 
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