JUAN VAN DER HAMEN Y LEÓN

Madrid, 1596 – 1631

Still Life with a basket of grapes and pomegranates, and other fruits and vegetables on a ledge

Oil on canvas

54.5 x 107 cm.

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JUAN VAN DER HAMEN Y LEÓN

Madrid, 1596 – 1631

The present unpublished work is a typical over-door bodegón composition datable to circa 1625. The composition of our picture takes inspiration from Juan Sánchez Cotán’s depictions of hanging fruit and vegetable such as his Still life with quince, cabbage, melon and gherkin in the San Diego Museum of Art. In particular, the cut melon beneath the hanging quince in the present work appears to be a direct quotation from Cotán’s composition.

This still life is notable for its excellent state of preservation, which suggests that the painting as remained undisturbed and in the same surroundings for a century or more.

Héctor San José

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JUAN VAN DER HAMEN Y LEÓN

Madrid, 1596 – 1631

Still Life with a basket of grapes and pomegranates, and other fruits and vegetables on a ledge

Oil on canvas

54.5 x 107 cm.