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Still Life Painting

1969.850 (RS32499)

Description

Oil on panel still life painting of a table laden with a large glass goblet, pewter plates, partially peeled lemon, and half-eaten pie.

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Still lifes are considered the zenith of Dutch painting in the seventeenth century. Willem Claez. Heda painted countless variations of the same subject: a breakfast table laid with fruit, a Venetian-style glass and a silver-gilt cup. In this version, a half-peeled lemon and a watch and key are placed on pewter plates which are set precariously on the edge of the table. Heda signed and dated the painting on the knife blade.
After inheriting a number of paintings from his father, Charles Russell Codman became a passionate collector. One of his most important acquisitions was this painting, a classic seventeenth-century Dutch still life by a master of the genre, Willem Claesz Heda. Owning an Old Master was an incontrovertible mark of status, and this painting was certainly one of the most prized in Codman's extensive collection. Heda lived in the northern Netherlandish city of Haarlem, a thriving artistic center, not far from Amsterdam. While little is known about him, dozens of his paintings survive, most of them variations on the same theme, using the same combination of objects, featuring tabletops laden with partially eaten food and shimmering tablewares. This painting hangs at the Codman Estate in Lincoln, Massachusetts.
Maker
Heda, Willem Claesz, 1594-1680 (Painter)
Date
1638-1639
Inscriptions
"HEDA 16[32?]" (Painted)
Location of origin
Haarlem, Netherlands
Associated Building
Exhibited At Boston Athenaeum. Original to Codman House (Lincoln, Mass.).
Material
oil paint (paint)
panels (wood)
Object type
Art
Places
Massachusetts (United States)
Descriptive terms
oil paint (paint)
paintings (visual works)
panels (wood)
Picture
still lifes
Still-Life
Dimensions
33 3/4 x 38 7/8 x 3 1/2 (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
1969.850
Credit Line
Bequest of Dorothy S.F.M. Codman
GUSN
72067

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