Jan Davidsz. de Heem can be considered the 'inventor' of the sumptuous still life: a relatively large still life, in which an array of mainly valuable objects and foods are laid out on display. The balance between light and shadow, colours and shades and between large and small shapes is consciously applied. In addition, complete attention is paid to each detail, without that being at the cost of the spaciousness., De Heem, who was active in Antwerp and Utrecht, is known as the inventor of the ‘sumptuous’ or ‘ornate’ still life in which precious silver and glass and delicious food are displayed on a truly grand scale. Affluence and abundance are the order of the day. All these delights are transient in the extreme, but here the viewer is barely reminded of it.
Why is there a nail in the wall in the background?
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered
The exact reason why this painting has a nail in the background is not clear. But the nail might be used for hanging a bundle of flowers or fruits. Such a nail can be found in other still life paintings as well.
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|Title||Still Life with Ham, Lobster and Fruit|
|Material and technique||Oil on canvas|
Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
|Location||This object is in storage|
Width 104.8 cm
Height 74.7 cm
Jan Davidsz. de Heem
|Accession number||1289 (OK)|
|Credits||Aankoop / Purchase: 1856|
|Age artist||Between 41 and 51 years old|
|Geographical origin||Southern Netherlands > The Netherlands > Western Europe > Europe|
|Geographical origin||Northern Netherlands > The Netherlands > Western Europe > Europe|