Oil Painting: Still Life with Cheese, circle of Jan van Kessel I (1626-1679), oil on copper

Key information

Museum number

A165

Object

Oil Painting: Still Life with Cheese, circle of Jan van Kessel I (1626-1679), oil on copper

Gallery label

Still Life with Cheese
Circle of Jan van Kessel I (1626-1679)
Oil on copper

Still life painting, depicting everyday objects, flourished in the Netherlands in the seventeenth century. Small still lifes were often painted on recycled copper printing plates.

This type of composition would have been described as a ‘little breakfast’, a selection of simple foods, such as bread and cheese, and plain tableware like the pewter plate and rush-covered carafe depicted here. The small white objects on the table are ragged comfits, a sugar-coated confectionery of nuts, seeds or strips of cinnamon.

A165

On display?

Yes
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