Inventory number
P00908
Author
Meléndez, Luis Egidio
Title
Still Life with Partridges, Onions, Garlic and Vessels
Chronology
Last Third of the Eighteenth Century
Technique
Oil
Support
Canvas
Dimensions
41,6 cm x 62,3 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)

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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