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Dead Birds and Hunting Appurtenances

Dead Birds and Hunting Appurtenances

Melchior d' Hondecoeter (in circa 1665)

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From the middle of the 17th century, there was in the Northern Netherlands a considerable increase in still lifes showing spoils from hunting. Since birds were the most important game, certainly in the west of the country, they are most frequently featured in such still lifes. The spoils on display were composed using separate studies. Probably such paintings were increasingly bought by the prosperous middle class who did not or only rarely hunt, but could show off with these painted spoils.

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Title Dead Birds and Hunting Appurtenances
Material and technique Oil on canvas
Object type
Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Height 104.2 cm
Width 82.2 cm
Artists Schilder: Melchior d' Hondecoeter
Accession number 1328 (OK)
Credits Aankoop / Purchase: 1866
Department Old Masters
Acquisition date 1866
Age artist Between 24 and 34 years old
External exhibitions Willem de Rooij. Intolerance (2010)
Research Alma
Geographical origin Northern Netherlands > The Netherlands > Western Europe > Europe

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Melchior d' Hondecoeter

Utrecht 1636 - Amsterdam 1695

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