• Snack

    Artist:
    Streek, Juriaan van, attributed to. 1632-1687
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    54,5x42 cm

Streek, Juriaan van, attributed to. 1632-1687

Snack

Holland, ca. 1670s

A modest repast and expensive porcelain, glass and metal tableware laid on a marble-topped table partly covered with a silk cloth. Still lifes of this sort are usually termed zakuska – “snack” – in Russian literature on art, although in the Netherlands they use the term pronkstilleven – “ornate still life”. A special element in the composition here is the silk curtain on a metal rod depicted in the upper part of the picture. Raised carelessly above the table, it allows the viewer, seemingly by chance, to look into the space that is revealed, thus creating the illusion of reality. The virtuoso painting of the folds in the fabric are a reminder of the fabled story of the Ancient Greek artists Zeuxis and Parrhasius. In a contest of skills, the former presented a picture of a bunch of grapes painted so marvellously that birds flew down to peck at them. Nevertheless, victory went to Parrhasius, who when asked to pull aside the curtain concealing his work explained that he could not do so since the curtain itself was painted on the panel. (Pliny’s Natural History. XXXV:65)

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Snack

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oil

Dimensions:

54,5x42 cm

Acquisition date:

Transferred to the Hermitage from the collection of Catherine the Great

Inventory Number:

ГЭ-1034

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