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Still Life

A work made of oil on panel.
Public Domain

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  • A work made of oil on panel.


about 1625


Pieter Claesz
Dutch, 1596/97–1660

About this artwork

Around 1600 still life emerged as a significant subject in several European artistic centers, including the Dutch Republic. Pieter Claesz. was a leading painter of a type of still life often described as a “banquet piece,” which featured luxury foods and serving vessels, typically strewn across an elaborately dressed tabletop. These costly goods—like the lemon, olives, sweetmeats, and lace-edged damask tablecloth in this painting—were sometimes depicted in a state of decay to suggest the transitory nature of coveted earthly things. The well-preserved items here instead celebrate wealth and its lavish display.


On View, Gallery 212


Painting and Sculpture of Europe


Pieter Claesz


Still Life


Netherlands (Artist's nationality:)

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Oil on panel


Inscribed on the knife blade: PC in ligature


48 × 76.9 cm (18 7/8 × 30 1/4 in.)

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Simeon B. Williams Fund

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