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Still Life with Ham, Lobster and Fruit

Still Life with Ham, Lobster and Fruit

Jan Davidsz. de Heem (in circa 1652)

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  • Isam AL-kuhaili asked

    How mach pris this painting

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    Dear Isam, Thank you for your question. I am not sure what you want to know, probably what this painting would cost if it was for sale. First: it is not for sale because it is in a public museum's collection. Unfortunately I do not know the market value, but in case you are interested you can find auction results for similar artworks ar Artprice. These will give you an indication. Good luck and kind regards, Els

  • Grace asked

    Why is there a nail in the wall in the background?

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    Dear Grace,
    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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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.

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Title Still Life with Ham, Lobster and Fruit
Material and technique Oil on canvas
Object type
Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is travelling
Dimensions Width Error: 104,8 is not a valid BCD value cm
Height Error: 74,7 is not a valid BCD value cm
Artists Painter: Jan Davidsz. de Heem
Accession number 1289 (OK)
Credits Purchased 1856
Department Old Masters
Acquisition date 1856
Creation date in circa 1652
Internal exhibitions Hans Makarts Abundantia (2012)
External exhibitions Boijmans bij de Buren - REMIX ROTTERDAM, Boijmans X Wereldmuseum (2020)
Verbeelde Weelde. Topstukken uit het oeuvre van Jan Davidsz. de Heem (2024)
(H)erkennen Herbouwen. Wonderkamers van het Rotterdams koloniale verleden. (2023)
Research Show research Alma
Geographical origin Southern Netherlands > The Netherlands > Western Europe > Europe
Geographical origin Northern Netherlands > The Netherlands > Western Europe > Europe

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Jan Davidsz. de Heem

Utrecht 1606 - Antwerpen 1684

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