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  • Still Life with Cherries and Cheese

    Artist:
    Plepp, Joseph. 1595-1642
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    36,3x52,3 cm

Plepp, Joseph. 1595-1642

Still Life with Cherries and Cheese

Germany, 1632

Plepp was a Swiss artist who was active during the early period of the development of the European still life. In this painting each object has its own special significance. For instance, carnations were seen as a symbol of Christ's death on the cross, while bread and the glass of wine and the knife cannot be considered without taking into account the symbolism of the Christian mystery of the Eucharist. Moral teachings, highly characteristic of the era, can be "read" in the painting as a call to observe moderation in all, to be satisfied with a sufficiency, without excess, to recall the sacrifice made by Christ and to hope for eternal life in the heavens. At the centre of the composition is a stunning plate of bright red cherries, perhaps signifying the heavenly fruit of paradise, or yet the sweetness which one tastes while performing good deeds. The black background and bright colours are typical of the artist's works.

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Still Life with Cherries and Cheese

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oil

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36,3x52,3 cm

Acquisition date:

Entered the Hermitage in 1955; transferred from the Board of Art Exhibitions and Panoramas

Inventory Number:

ГЭ-9759

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