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  • Still Life with a Collection of Curiosities

    Artist:
    Borcht, Hendrik van der, the elder. 1583-1660
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    34,5x34,5 cm

Borcht, Hendrik van der, the elder. 1583-1660

Still Life with a Collection of Curiosities

Germany, 17th century

This still life reflects the antiquarian interests of van der Borcht, who organized sales of just the kinds of collections of curiosities seen here. Van der Borcht had visited Italy, where he studied painting and collected carved gems and medals. In the foreground we see a carved shell, The Reapers (now in the Hermitage collection), a French work of the first half of the 16th century, symbolizing the month of August and forming part of a series of The Seasons. In the centre is a marble statue of Diana, while the marble to the right is probably Jupiter. Amongst the coins we can identify a denarius of Otto, a 2nd-century BC tetradrachma from Macedonia, a drachma or tetradrachma with a depiction of Athena, a dedication denarius of Faustin I with the sickle moon and seven stars, a denarius of Hadrian and a Hesse-Thuringian bracteate of the 12th century.

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Still Life with a Collection of Curiosities

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oil

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34,5x34,5 cm

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Entered the Hermitage in 1889; purchased from Belevich in Petersburg

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ГЭ-2445

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