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Still Life with a Ming Bowl

Still Life with a Ming Bowl

Willem Kalf (in circa 1660)

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  • jebrak asked

    I am looking for a photograph or painting of tin artefact during the golden age (writing a book on mining) Thanks !

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    Dear Michel, Maybe you already have found what you need, because it is not so difficult to find. The Boijmans collection holds for instance a painting from around 1650 picturing a beautiful tin jug (2892 (OK)). Good luck with your research! Els


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Kalf generally placed his objects in a fairly dark surrounding, in which they are lit by a soft light. He paid much attention to reflections and glimmers. This interplay of light and dark gives his still lifes an almost mysterious atmosphere.

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Title Still Life with a Ming Bowl
Material and technique Oil on canvas
Object type
Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Width 56 cm
Height 62 cm
Artists Painter: Willem Kalf
Accession number 2503 (OK)
Credits Acquired with the collection of D.G. Van Beuningen, 1958
Department Old Masters
Acquisition date 1958
Creation date in circa 1660
Collector Collector / D.G. van Beuningen
Internal exhibitions The Collection Enriched (2011)
De collectie als tijdmachine (2017)
External exhibitions Vermeer. Von innenhalten (2021)
Research Alma
Geographical origin Northern Netherlands > The Netherlands > Western Europe > Europe
Geographical origin Amsterdam > North Holland > The Netherlands > Western Europe > Europe

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Willem Kalf

Rotterdam 1619 - Amsterdam 1693

Willem Kalf was a still life painter. Between around 1642 and 1646 he lived in Paris, where he mainly painted small kitchen still lifes and barn interiors. In...

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