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Still Life with a Ham

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From 1638, Willem Heda regularly painted still lifes in a vertical format. For an important part, and also in this painting, the vertical format was in fact achieved by giving more space above a horizontal composition and especially by showing the table cloth right to the edge of the bottom of the painting. This gives Heda the chance of placing his signature on the bottom of the table cloth, as if it were embroidered, rather than on the edge of a table or, for example, on a knife. This painting is one of the few remaining to have an original 17th-century frame.

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Title Still Life with a Ham
Material and technique Oil on panel
Object type
Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Width 60 cm
Height 89 cm
Artists Painter: Willem Claesz. Heda
Accession number 3392 (OK)
Credits Gift Coll. Mr J.W. Frederiks, 1998
Department Old Masters
Acquisition date 1998
Creation date in 1640
Collector Collector / J.W. Frederiks
Geographical origin Northern Netherlands > The Netherlands > Western Europe > Europe

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Willem Claesz. Heda

Haarlem 1594 - Haarlem 1680

Willem Claesz. Heda lived his whole life in Haarlem and in 1631 became a member of the St Luke guild, where he filled a range of positions. Heda painted so-...

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