Hare, Spoonbill, and Fish

mid-1600s
Framed: 128.5 x 159 x 8 cm (50 9/16 x 62 5/8 x 3 1/8 in.); Unframed: 99.5 x 128.5 cm (39 3/16 x 50 9/16 in.)
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Recently conserved, this striking painting of fish and game has yet to be attributed to a specific artist. Art historians have considered Dutch, Spanish, or Italian artists as possibilities, including the Dutch still-life and animal specialist Frans Snyders and the Spanish artist Alejandro de Loarte. But both have been rejected on stylistic grounds. An Italian artist is more plausible; the vaguely rendered, reddish background and the fluid handling of paint, especially in the portrayal of the fish, are characteristic of an Italian hand. The composition, which emphasizes the space between the creatures with strong highlights and deep shadows, also points to an Italian artist, possibly from a Northern Italian city such as Genoa.
Hare, Spoonbill, and Fish

Hare, Spoonbill, and Fish

mid-1600s

Italy, possibly Genoa, 17th century

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