Nov 29, 2018

Still Life with Meat, Fish, Vegetables, and Fruit

Still Life with Meat, Fish, Vegetables, and Fruit

c. 1615–20

Jacob van Hulsdonck

(Flemish, 1582–1647)

Oil on panel, the reverse prepared with gesso

71.5 x 104 cm (28 1/8 x 40 15/16 in.)

Gift of Janice Hammond and Edward Hemmelgarn 2018.258

Did you know?

Hulsdonck thoughtfully included condiments here: butter, lemon, parsley for the trotters, and a dab of mustard for the ham.


Jacob van Hulsdonck depicted a colorful array of foods, and tablewares ranging from an earthenware trencher to delicate Chinese porcelain—an expensive luxury made possible by international trade. For seventeenth-century viewers, the quantity and variety of foods would have represented a utopian world without scarcity or hunger. Partially eaten food and an overturned glass suggest that diners have just departed, leaving insects to explore the remains.

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