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Christian Luycks

Banquet Still Life with Silver and Gilt Vessels, a Nautilus Shell, Porcelain, Food and Other Items on a Draped Table

Artist

Christian Luycks
Antwerp 1623 – Antwerp about 1670

Title

Banquet Still Life with Silver and Gilt Vessels, a Nautilus Shell, Porcelain, Food and Other Items on a Draped Table

Date

About 1650

Materials

Oil on copper

Dimensions

80.7 x 99.5 cm

Credits

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Michal Hornstein, inv. 2013.416

Collection

Western Art

Luycks executed a large number of works in the banketjestukken (banquet scenes) tradition that combined flowers, fruit and vanitases. Banquet Still Life with Silver and Gilt Vessels is notable for its unusual size for a work on copper and indisputably represents a masterpiece in the artist’s oeuvre. An upward diagonal marked out by the drapery and tipped-over ewer runs across the composition, which is punctuated by the vertical lines formed by the various silver and gilt vessels that find a parallel in the columns. The reflection in the tazza of an otherwise concealed object shows the artist’s meticulous attention to detail. This still life has a singular place within Luycks’ work due to the play of light—rarely rendered in so eloquent a manner—and the size of the sheet of copper, a material that lends itself particularly well to gleaming finishes.

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