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Jan Davidsz. de Heem

Banquet Still Life with a View onto a Landscape


Jan Davidsz. de Heem
Utrecht 1606 – Antwerp 1684


Banquet Still Life with a View onto a Landscape


About 1645


Oil on wood


54 x 74 cm


Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Michal Hornstein, inv. 2007.136


Western Art

Two crabs appear to meet the viewer’s gaze in this lush banquet scene filled with delightful details. A cherry teeters on the table’s edge at left, where an ebony knife adorned with silver inlay has just separated a lemon from its rind, forming a delicate spiral. The artist’s remarkable realism extends to the stippled yellow paint emulating the fruit’s dimpled, waxy surface texture. Demonstrating his skill across genres, he offers a sneak peek of landscape through an open window.

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