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Still Life with Meat, Fish, Vegetables and Fruit

Still Life with Meat, Fish, Vegetables and Fruit

c. 1615-1620

Jacob van Hulsdonck

(Flemish, 1582-1647)

Oil on panel, the reverse prepared with gesso

71.5 x 104 cm (28 1/8 x 40 15/16 in.)

Gift of Janice Hammond and Edward Hemmelgarn 2018.258

Fun Fact

Hulsdonck thoughtfully included condiments here: butter, lemon, parsley for the trotters, and a dab of mustard for the ham.

Description

Jacob van Hulsdonck depicted a colorful array of foods, and tablewares ranging from an earthenware trencher to delicate Chinese porcelain—an expensive luxury made possible by international trade. For seventeenth-century viewers, the quantity and variety of foods would have represented a utopian world without scarcity or hunger. Partially eaten food and an overturned glass suggest that diners have just departed, leaving insects to explore the remains.

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