Adriaen van Utrecht

Still Life with Grapes

Still Life with Grapes
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Author: Adriaen van Utrecht
Still Life, Painting, Oil on canvas, 119x99 cm
Origin: Flanders, 1640s

This painting is an example of the "luxurious still life" which appeared in Flemish painting under the influence of Jan Davidsz de Heem , a native of Utrecht who lived in Antwerp beginning in 1636. Ripe exotic fruit which matured under the southern sun are displayed on the table. They lie in an expensive bowl of Chinese porcelain and on a flat forged silver plate with a design in relief. A tall green glass goblet with wine stands on the table and, taken together with the clusters of grapes adjacent to it, symbolizes the mystery of the Eucharist. The apparent damage to the masonry wall is a traditional painterly device to express the Biblical theme of the vanity of being and earthly pleasures .

Style: Baroque
Source of entry: Provenance: before 1797

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