• Dead Duck

    Artist:
    Grooth, Johann-Friedrich. 1717-1800
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    67х51,3 cm

Grooth, Johann-Friedrich. 1717-1800

Dead Duck

Russia, 1746

This painting belongs to the type of trompe-l’oeil picture employing deliberate optical illusion that was popular in the 17th and 18th centuries. The background of the composition is made to look like a plank wall on which a dead duck is hanging from a nail. The objects are depicted so thoroughly and realistically that they do indeed produce the impression of being three-dimensional. In the composition, the artist makes use of a detail that was very popular in pictures of this sort. He depicted two flies on the wooden wall that look just like living insects crawling over the painted canvas.

Title:

Dead Duck

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Technique:

oil

Dimensions:

67х51,3 cm

Acquisition date:

Entered the Hermitage in 1946; handed over from the Museum of Ethnography of the Peoples of the USSR (former Historical Department)

Inventory Number:

ЭРЖ-1720

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