About this artwork
Around 1600, still life emerged as a significant subject for painters in several European artistic centers, including the Dutch Republic. Pieter Claesz. was a leading painter of a type of still life often described as the “banquet piece,” which featured luxury foods and serving vessels, typically strewn across an elaborately dressed tabletop. These costly goods—like the lemon, olives, sweetmeats, and lace-edged damask tablecloth in this painting—were sometimes depicted in a state of decay to suggest the transitory nature of coveted earthly things. The well-preserved items here instead celebrate wealth and its lavish display.
- Pieter Claesz
- Still Life
- Oil on panel
- Inscribed on the knife blade: PC in ligature
- 48 × 76.9 cm (18 7/8 × 30 1/4 in.)
- Simeon B. Williams Fund