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  • Dead Game

    Artist:
    Bol, Ferdinand. 1616-1680
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    99x83 cm

Bol, Ferdinand. 1616-1680

Dead Game

Holland, 1646

Bol was a pupil of Rembrandt and his master's influence can be felt even in this work in the use of light, shade and colour. Dead game and other animals were a common motif in 17th-century Dutch painting, flayed carcases and dead game often appearing in kitchen and market scenes, and scenes of everyday life. The traditional allegorical meaning of such a motif - a reminder of the transitory nature of earthly existence, the brevity of life, the "vanity of vanities" - is also present here in this sporting still life. Yet for the artist the most important aspect is to capture the variety of colours in the birds' feathers, to pick out all the nuances of shade and tone, which Bol does with virtuoso skill.

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Dead Game

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oil

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99x83 cm

Acquisition date:

Entered the Hermitage in 1772; acquired from the collection of L.A. Crozat, Baron de Thiers in Paris

Inventory Number:

ГЭ-1445

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