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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.

Date:

about 1625

Artist:

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.

Status

On View, Gallery 212

Department

Painting and Sculpture of Europe

Artist

Pieter Claesz

Title

Still Life

Place

Netherlands (Artist's nationality:)

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1625

Medium

Oil on panel

Inscriptions

Inscribed on the knife blade: PC in ligature

Dimensions

48 × 76.9 cm (18 7/8 × 30 1/4 in.)

Credit Line

Simeon B. Williams Fund

Reference Number

1935.300

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